By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—FORMER state Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Mr. Nosa Adams, has faulted the statement credited to Mr. Okharedia Ihimekpen, a member of the party, that Pastor Ize-Iyamu’s criticisms of Governor Adams Oshiomhole would not earn him the party’s governorship ticket, describing same as a deliberate attempt to warm his way into the governor’s heart.

Adams reaction is coming on the heels of a warning to the party by Mr. Solomon Odemwingie, a veteran journalist, to watch out for the likes of Ihimekpen, who he said were likely to betray it and would not wish the party well as it was set to reclaim Edo State.

Adams, who was also an Executive Director to the state government said, “The recent vituperation of one Ihimekpen, a member of the PDP in Edo State, that the strident but timely criticisms of the polices, programmes and projects of the Oshiomhole administration will not make Ize-Iyamu get the party’s ticket in the September 10, 2016 governorship election, is neither here nor there.

“It exposes the desperation of someone whose only abiding project is to run down and besmear Ize-Iyamu who, to all intents and purposes, he perceives as the stumbling block to the election of his aspirant as PDP’s candidate in the forth-coming election.

“The assertion that Ize-Iyamu will not be handed the party’s ticket on account of his criticism of Oshiomhole, begs the notion that he (Ihimekpen) is selling, that the PDP may consider its aspirants on their record of anti-Oshiomhole utterances they may have made during their campaigns and interviews.

“Well-meaning members of the PDP and keen observers of the party’s affairs will remember vividly that the relay of problems and controversies that culminated in the party’s defeat in 2007, had its roots in the ugly activities that rued the party’s re-registration processes that threw many members into political wilderness through deft maneuvers, positioning and artificial scarcity of membership cards.”

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