BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—AS the leadership of the newly registered All Progressive Congress, APC, perfects its merger arrangement in Edo State, a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Mr. Dan Asekhame, has said that APC will not survive in the state due to what he described as the controversial conduct of the local government elections in the state.
Asekhame, a former council chairman in the state, recalled that the former All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, governorship candidate, Mr. Solomon Edebiri and the leadership of the then Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, disagreed over the result of the elections after Edebiri described same as sham and a rape on the country’s democracy.
He described APC in Edo State as a union of strange bed fellows, which according to him, will help in the destruction of the party in the state to the advantage of PDP.
But reacting, a chieftain of APC in the state, Odaro Omoregie, described Asekhame’s claim as laughable, saying: “Apart from the pages of newspapers, PDP is nowhere in Edo, so how are they going to match APC? Asekhame is day dreaming. What I expect him to say is that PDP will disintegrate into different parts and they will finally be buried in 2015 in Edo.”
However, Asekhame insisted that “it is obvious that ANPP and ACN cannot work together in Edo State. You remember how Edebiri described ACN leaders as fraudulent over the council elections, so that problem will come up again and that will lead to the end of APC. I want to encourage those who will come back to PDP because that is the only party in Edo State.
“The APC-led government has disappointed our people. There is so much hunger in the state, no employment, so we don’t see APC offering anything new to our people. And I can tell you that PDP is waiting patiently for the 2015 national and state Assembly elections and it will be bye bye for APC in Edo.”