By Titus Akhigbe, Benin
A group within the Edo Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), known as Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change has vowed to rescue the state branch of the party and turn it into a vibrant, inclusive and transparent party that will always win elections in the state.
The group’s position is contained in a statement made available to newsmen immediately after an emergency meeting of concerned party members in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
The communique signed by group’s Legal Adviser, Davison Osas Davison, said that the door of the PDP concerned members is wide open to women and men who are passionate about the party and want to reverse its electoral misfortunes since the present executive committee led by Chief Dan Orbih assumed office nine years ago.
The group said “we can no longer fold our hands and allow a group of political merchants to destroy the party we labored to form and nurture before the so-called leaders came in from their former political parties to reap where they did not sow.
“Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change is irrevocably committed to return the party to the people from the present stranglehold of the cabal.”
They accused the state PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih of using his position “to enrich himself,” noting that “Dan Orbih is known for compromising in every party primary by financial inducement from moneybag aspirants to the disadvantage of popular ones who could have won elections without much ado which has been a total drawback for the Edo PDP in every election in the state.”
They also noted that on several occasions, the state chairman traded off the party by “getting financial inducement from the ruling party only to devise a means, to downplay party members’ full commitment to win elections.
“Sometimes, when money comes to the party, he and few of his cabal pocket a good percentage of it, such that in the end, the party can hardly meet its logistics operations for electioneering activities.”
They also accused the chairman of running the party like a sole administrator and of using the state secretariat only when there is need for press briefing, whereas every other meeting is conducted in his house