By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—SOME leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, led by, Capt. Hosa Okunbor, weekend, waded into the crisis raging between the leadership of the party and youths of the party over an alleged N1.5 billion presidential largess meant for the youths, which they alleged was diverted by the state Coordinator of Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The youths, under the aegis of Grassroot Youths Initiative, GYI, during a protest last Friday, barricaded the gates of the party’s secretariat in Benin City and vowed to unleash mayhem on the party leadership if the money was not made available to them.
But Pastor Ize-Iyamu, in his reaction, described the allegation as unfounded, saying that no such amount of money was provided for the presidential rally. He alleged that the crisis was being fuelled by the All Progressives Congress, APC administration in the state “so as to create division in the PDP before the elections.”
Also, the state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, said the protest was unnecessary since no such money existed, alleging, that the crisis was being instigated by the state APC government in order to destabilise the PDP which, according to him, was stronger in the state now.
However, when the youths attempted to embarked on another protest, Saturday, Capt. Okunbor, E. J. Agbonayinma and the President of One Love Foundation, Patrick Eholor, met with them and appealed to them that no such money came from the Presidency.
They urged the youths not to jeopardise the chances of the party ahead the elections, as Okunbor assured that the youths will continue to receive whatever was meant for them, insisting that the allegation as Ize-Iyamu said, was untrue.