BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN – A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Owere Dickson Imasogie, weekend, attributed the woeful performance of the party in the just concluded governorship election to the roles played by some traditional rulers in their domain before the election, alleging that some of them received financial rewards from the governor.
It will be recalled that last week, the Oba of Benin, openly said he secretly prayed for Adams Oshiomhole’s victory at the poll to enable him finished the works he had started across the three senatorial districts.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Imasogie recalled that he had earlier raised alarm over the unhealthy development in the state, when he accused the Benin palace of taking side with Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, led government, however said he was compelled to tender apology.
He lamented that the leadership of PDP in the state failed to heed his advice of the relationship between the government and some traditional rulers.
“You will recollect that about 18 months ago, I came out bluntly to indict the royal fathers, that ACN was using them. This time around, it is not different. A week to the election, I alert the State Security Service of a chieftain of ACN, who met my royal father and asked him to tell the people that this time around, it must be ACN totally. I don’t want to be dragged into another controversy,” he added.
“I said it during our stakeholders meeting that the party should do something about these royal fathers because they own the domain but some of my co-leaders shouted me down that I should go and handle my local government area, that they know how to handle their own. If you investigate properly, you will be surprise to know how many cars left Government House to the royal fathers, not to talk about the monetary inducement.
“Excerpt you are telling me that Oshiomhole is popular in Uromi than Chief Tony Anenih, a man who had worked throughout his life to bring the Esan people to the limelight, why must he loose his area. Excerpt you are telling me that the gods have spoken,” he added.