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PDP Vows To Defeat APC In 2023, Set To Reconcile Grieving Edo Members.

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took steps yesterday to address the party’s issue in Edo State, announcing the formation of a high-powered team to meet with mourning members of the party.

It claimed that by 2023, the party will have wrested federal authority from the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Sen. Wali Jibrin, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, made the announcement during a rally in Benin City attended by members of the BoT, the National Working Committee, NWC, elected senators, members of the House of Representatives, and other party officials from the state’s three senatorial zones.

Several state party leaders, including the Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, and others, were not present at the event.

Since Governor Godwin Obaseki’s re-election to a second term in 2020, there has been unrest in the state PDP, with all those who defected with him from the APC to the PDP headed by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, complaining of marginalization and the PDP’s unwillingness to incorporate them into the party.

At the event, Jibrin stated that the party’s leadership was already working to guarantee that the party stayed united throughout the state.

He said: “The governor is a great governor and he is recognised by the party. What I will say is to beg Edo people to come and work together and give good support to the governor.

“The governor left APC for PDP, what are we going to do, are we going to send him away? The PDP will do whatever it must to make sure that this governor remains the governor of this state. Very soon, the BoT will form a committee that will be here to ensure that there is only one party and will give support to the PDP so that the next election will be all PDP.”

Sen Iyorcha Ayu, the party’s National Chairman, echoed this sentiment, saying that beginning next week, the public would see what the party’s national leadership has done to address the problem in Edo State.

“Will I allow the party in my state to fall apart? My brothers and sisters, divided we fall, united we stand” Ayu said, adding that he is married to an Edo lady with five children. 

He also reassured the public that Obaseki would not abandon the PDP, calling him as a valuable asset to the party.

Governor Obaseki had previously stated that the PDP was ready to maintain power in the state, adding, “PDP is in the DNA of Edo people and has remained so and will not change.”

He echoed his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who declared that the mood of Nigerians in the next general election would be determined by Edo State, since “wherever Edo people go, Nigerians would go.”

In his remarks, Shaibu voiced dissatisfaction with the manner they had been handled since joining the PDP from the APC.

Dr Tony Aziegbemi, the party’s state chairman, praised Governor Obaseki for accomplishing so much despite the squabbles, and expressed confidence that the party’s national leadership will address the issue.

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