April 28, 2024

Edo 2024: Orbih, Shaibu, Adjoto tackle Obaseki over Ighodalo’s candidacy

Edo govt cuts Deputy Gov's budgetary allocation below SSG

By Ozioruva Aliu

The Vice chairman South – South of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, former deputy governor, Rt. Hon Philip Shaibu, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Kabiru Adjoto and several other bigwigs and followers of the party in Edo North Senatorial District have formed a political alliance.

The political bigwigs conveyed a meeting of the Legacy Group of the party at Orbih’ s country home in Ogbona, Etsako Central Local Government Area on Saturday.

They said they were displeased with the way Governor Godwin Obaseki was going about the coming election in Edo State.

Orbih had denounced his membership of the PDP campaign council for the election.

He said the current PDP led by Obaseki and his chosen candidate Asue Ighodalo cannot lead Edo, adding that the PDP Legacy Group will vote for a candidate who would represent the good people of the state.

Orbih said they are the foundation of PDP which is anchored on unity, fairness, justice and equity saying that Obaseki came into the party in 2020 and abandoned the group that worked and voted for his re-election.

“I am not part and parcel of the PDP campaign council.

“In 2020 we came out in Edo North supporting the election and re-election of Gov Godwin Obaseki.

“I Chief Dan Orbih worked with Gov Obaseki to deliver him. People ask me questions: where are we today, what is the way forward?

“Today I can boldly tell you the issue before us is what is the way forward, let me tell you, all is not well with the Edo State PDP.

“As we prepare and move forward for the upcoming election we will do all we can to let Edo people know that this election is about Edo and the future of Edo.

“Let me send a powerful message to PDP, we the Edo PDP can tell you that it is not well with Edo PDP.

“I hereby denounce my membership as a member of PDP Edo campaign council.

“Obaseki and his chosen candidate is not the way forward.”

Orbih also condemned the impeachment of Shaibu and said that the Legacy Group was behind him.

He said “The present predicament of Philip Shaibu is that some people are saying you have no right to contest the election.

“We are here today to let the good people of Edo North know that we support you, appreciate you and in the matter between you and the Edo State government we stand by you.

“As for the PDP legacy group we are proud of Philip Shaibu,” Orbih said.

On his part, Shaibu said Edo people cannot vote for a candidate who does not know the problems and challenges faced by the Edo people.

“We will not vote for an outsider in Edo State.

“Edo State need an home grown person, I want to assure you that we are in support of Chief Dan Orbih’s Legacy Group.

“We will not support Asue Ighodalo, but wait for the direction of the PDP legacy group on who to vote for,” Shaibu said.

On his part, Adjoto said PDP under the leadership of Obaseki could not manage the success of the victory in 2020.

He said that instead of Obaseki to consolidate on the victory recorded in 2020 election by rewarding those that worked for his re-election, he opted for other person’s within the party who never work for the party.

“Chief Dan Orbih we have seen what you saw and we are here to queue behind you anywhere you go we go.

“We are waiting for you instruction,” Adjoto said.