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Petitions follow nominations of Edo State representatives on NDDC Board

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BY SIMON EBEGBULEMBENIN—PETITIONS have continued to pour in against the names submitted by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State to the Presidency, as nominees for the state representative on the Board of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, which is expected to be reconstituted early next year.
Also, ahead the 2015 and 2016 National Assembly and governorship election in the state, a leader of the party in the state, Captain Hosa Okunbor, has donated N40 million to the Edo South PDP with a view to strengthening the party for the elections.
The cash donation will be used to set up offices in all parts of the seven local government areas in  Edo South.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole and other opposition governors also have their nominees for the NDDC job, even though the PDP hierarchy is still battling to convince President Goodluck Jonathan not to give the slot to opposition governor, which was what he did last time.
Vanguard learnt, however, that the opposition governors want the President to understand that the PDP members cannot alone give him a return ticket to Aso Rock in 2015, recalling that majority of the governors of the newly registered All Progressive Congress, APC, including Governor Oshiomhole, gave him the votes of their respective states in the last election.
They argued that it would be suicidal for the President to bow to the pressure of some leaders of PDP as regards the NDDC job.
Three names were submitted by the Edo State PDP for the job. They are Levis Aigbogu, Osahon Ahunwan and Chris Nehikhare, but lately, Monday Osaigbovo, a former chairman of Ovia North-East Local Government Area, was endorsed by some leaders of the PDP in the South, led by the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion.

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