June 11, 2024

Central News

at the center of it

Edo 2024: Esan leaders root for Shaibu as PDP stakeholders jettison zoning

FINALLY, Edo State stakeholders and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee have ruled out zoning in the forthcoming off-cycle governorship election scheduled for September 21, 2024.
This decision was taken last Thursday at the PDP’s Abuja headquarters.
Meanwhile, royal fathers in Esanland have formally endorsed Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu to run for governor.
Shortly after receiving the royal blessing, the deputy governor met with the PDP leaders in the 11 wards in Esan South-East local government area, where he reiterated his readiness to be the next Governor of Edo State, pleading that they should support his nomination to bear the flag of the PDP.
He says he has had a close relationship with some of them way back his school days, describing himself as one of them who understands their pains. The leaders also poured prayer rains on him.
PDP stakeholders’ meeting which held at the party’s national secretariat in Wadata Plaza, was presided by acting national chairman Amb. Damagun and resolved that the state party chairman Tony Aiziegbemi should have no role in the arrangement and organization of the forthcoming congress to elect delegates and the primary election.
The leaders demanded the suspension or sack of Aiziegbemi as chairman, after listening to petitions against Aiziegbemi on his partisan role in marketing Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s candidate – Asue Ighodalo.
All speakers present at the meeting unanimously agreed that Aiziegbemi has lost the trust of members and other aspirants.
Edo State Deputy Governor Comrade Philip Shaibu referenced the video recording where Aiziegbemi was seen openly campaigning for Ighodalo in Edo Central and this drew the anger of leaders and denouement of Aziegbemi’s partisan action which was noted as grave concern.
As a result of complaints by leaders present at the meet, that Aiziegbemi has tampered with the membership register which was announced by Aiziegbemi to have been submitted to the National Organising Secretary, the NWC affirmed the position of the party, that the directive wasn’t for Aiziegbemi to compile new registers but to continue registration from where the old registers stopped.
According to NWC, the old and existing registers are valid.
Each of the aspirants were given the opportunity to address the leaders of the party and all speakers demanded for free, fair and transparent primaries and denounced zoning.
Curiously, aspirants from Edo Central were out-spokenly angry with Gov. Obaseki over his choice of Asue.
Earlier, Gov. Obaseki pleaded with the stakeholders that he was ready to “do everything” to ensure that PDP remains in Edo Government house.
Apart from two persons, everybody, who spoke blaimed Obaseki for the crisis that is demarketing the PDP in Edo State.
Aiziegbemi also asked for forgiveness for the role he has played in the crisis confronting the party.
In the meantime, Deputy Gov. Shaibu has declared himself ambassador of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
Shaibu made the declaration shortly after he officially commissioned the secretariat of the NUJ state Correspondents’ Chapel in Benin City.
“I am your ambassador anywhere I am. This is not because of politics, but because of what one of you did to save my life in the course of doing his work,” Shaibu says.
“I would not have been deputy governor today, if I were not alive. There was a journalist that investigated and wrote a report. He saved my life from the hands of the military junta.
“So, you can see why anytime you invite me, even if it is difficult for me, I manage to show up. That is the only way I can appreciate you and encourage you in what you are doing.”
In his ever getting busier campaign schedule, Shaibu also today met with traditional rulers in Esanland.
The meeting, held at the palace of the Ojuromi of Uromi, who doubles as chairman, Esan Traditional Council, His Royal Majesty, Zaiki Anslem Edenojie II, ended on a highly positive note as the Zaiki deckared:
“The Deputy Governor is known to all of us; I don’t think there is anybody here who does not know him. My personal relationship with him dates back to the days when he was a member of the state house of assembly.
“We believe that he (Shaibu) is more than qualified to be the governor of our state.”
One of the traditional rulers, Enojie of Ujogba and secretary of the traditional council, His Royal Highness Zaiki Solomon Ojiega, said although Edo stands on a tripod, they believe on someone who feels for them, respects the traditional institutions and gives them a pride of place in society.
He spoke glowingly about the deputy governor, praying that God Almighty blesses his (Shaibu’s) political aspiration to be the next governor of Edo State.
To crown it all, chairman of the traditional council asked the Enojie of Igueben, His Royal Highness, Zaiki Ehizoje Madugemo, to pray for the deputy governor. The chairman and Onojie of Uromi also prayed and asked God to bless Shaibu’s political aspiration to be next governor of Edo State.