Some stakeholders in the Edo State chapter of the People Democratic Party, have threatened to approach the court if the National leadership of the party refuse to dissolve the state executive and conduct fresh congresses.
The stakeholders called on the national leadership of the party to conduct a fresh congress ahead of the 2020 governorship election in the state to maintain peace and unity in the party.
The development was revealed by the former vice-chairman of Ikpoba Okha local government area, Jeffrey Osamede Edorodion who spoke to newsmen in Benin City on behalf of the PDP stakeholders in the state.
In his statement he said, “We call on the Party candidate in the just concluded
concluded Presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, the Board of Trustees and the South-South Governors particularly the Rivers state governor, Nysom Wike and his Delta state counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa to look into this matter, because it will take a different dimension if not urgently addressed.”
”The national leadership of our great party should dissolve the Dan Orbih-led state executive and conduct new state congresses as he has served the mandatory eight years of two tenures provided for in the party’s constitution”
Edorodion accused the state executive of planning to elongate it’s tenure, a move which will make the party remain opposition forever.
“There is nothing like tenure elongation in our party. The constitution allows a maximum eight years tenure and minimum of four years. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo tried tenure elongation but he failed. If he failed why will a state chairman of the party try it and succeed?”.
“The present chairman has been in the office since 2009 after the death of former Chairman. He was brought in to complete that tenure, thereafter he has been elected consecutively for two terms, in line with our Constitution.”
He stated that the elongation of their tenure will spell doom for the party in Edo.
The former council boss who gave the Edo PDP state executive a pat on the back for doing their best stressed that their leadership was not good enough to reclaim the state for the party.