By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY — A member of Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and former governor of old Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, yesterday, warned that any attempt to polarise the Nigeria Governor’s Forum may adversely affect the chances of the party in the 2015 presidential election.
He urged President Goodluck Jonathan to remain neutral on the issue, by inviting the two factions for a meeting, so as to amicably resolve same.
Ogbemudia, in his reacting to the comment by the leadership of PDP in Abuja, that Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State pleaded to join PDP, described the statement as untrue, explaining that due to the efforts being made to bring peace to Edo PDP and bring more people into the party, “I led a delegation of myself, Senator Oyofo, Dr. Willie Ogbeide and three others to persuade Oshiomhole to come to PDP and he told us that if he comes to PDP, his friends in the media will kill him.
“I was, therefore, embarrassed when I heard that PDP said he came to them and they rejected him. The answer for PDP lies in coming together to resolve their problem, instal internal democracy and re-organise their management to victory,” he said.
On the issue of the NGF, he said that “the Governors’ Forum, according to experts, is not in the constitution, but as far as I am concerned whether it is in the constitution or not, it has come to stay.
“The governors are the custodians of the democratic votes, they are the ones running the country, they are supposed to be the Chief Security Officers of their each states.”