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Edo PDP peace efforts may fail

THE move by the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to resolve its crisis may have hit the rock.
Dr. Sam Ogbemudia, leader of the PDP in Edo South Senatorial District, had, about two weeks ago, hosted a peace meeting with members of the party in his district in Benin to harmonize the factions.

In the same vein, Admiral Mike Akhigbe, leader of the Edo North Senatorial District of the party, has scheduled a harmonization meeting of his district for today.

It was gathered that shortly on assumption of office as the national chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo wanted to dissolve the parallel executives of the party in Edo State due to the protracted crisis in the party in the state, but Chief Tony Anenih was said to have opted for internal settlement of the crisis by the leadership in the state.

Based on this, the leaders agreed to bring about settlement in the party and it was resolved that the leader of every senatorial district should call a meeting and harmonize the different faction in his district, at the end of which the three senatorial districts were expected to have a joint meeting to harmonize the party.

The issue of autonomy of each senatorial district which the leaders had earlier pledged to uphold was strongly canvassed as basis for lasting peace in the state PDP, with the leadership of every district deciding party and other appointments in his district, it was further learnt.

The peace process, it was however gathered, is on the verge of breaking down following the alleged disagreement by Anenih with the stakeholders on some of the issues.

He was alleged to have called only former state chairman of the party, Prince Solomon Aguele, to a meeting instead of convening of a meeting of the central senatorial district , just as he was said to oppose Ogbemudia’s nomination of the vice-chairman, the woman leader and publicity secretary of the party as part of the agreement earlier reached.


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