Edo 2024: PDP’s legacy group demands fair treatment from Obaseki

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By Nefishetu Yakubu

Leaders and stakeholders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo South Senatorial District, known as PDP Legacy group, has demanded fair treatment from Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

Rising from a meeting held in Benin, the group resolved that it would no longer fold its hands and watch as events unfold ahead of the governorship election in the state.

The Edo South Senatorial District Chairman of the PDP, Ogieva Okunbor, said that the meeting was called to enable old PDP members to form a formidable front aimed at uniting the party.

Ogieva said that the group would soon take a position ahead of the governorship election, to avoid the 2020 experience when they were short-change.

“One thing that is sure here is that we will never help someone who does not appreciate us again. Whatever efforts we are going to put in must be rewarded,” he said.

Addressing the Group, Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, a former House of Representatives member for Oredo Federal Constituency, explained how he was prevailed upon to step down his governorship ambition in 2020.

Ogbeide-Ihama said the move was to save the governor from political humiliation when he was disqualified by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He noted that the governor had not demonstrated gratitude for what the group did to help him in 2020, alleging that the governor cornered all offices without conceding one to the old PDP,

The former legislator said that the governor would tell the group this time what it stand to benefit in the next dispensation, before it would take a decision on the election.

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“You were all there at the stadium when in June 2020, I was prevailed upon to step down from the governorship race and save the governor from political and public humiliation.

“I listened to the elders that the governor should be allowed to complete his second term.

“I stepped down and played my role by taking Obaseki round the stadium. One Naira I did not take.

“During the election, I was his party agent. I slept at the collation centre and when the result was out, I took it to him personally.

“I protected the ticket I freely gave to him. Everything he said he would do, he has not done any.

“He took governor, deputy governor, SSG and Chief of Staff. In 2024 again, he has taken the governor and deputy governor, did we escort him to politics,” Ogbeide-Ihama asked.

He stated that “as aboriginal PDP, the Legacy group remained in the PDP, what we are saying is that we will not be part of anybody who wants to destroy the house we built.

“We will give him time to do what is right. We will not leave the PDP. We will be in our various polling units on election day.

“And that is why we are asking the governor to talk to us as the aboriginal PDP,” he added.

According to him, whatever the governor decides to do will determine the next step the group will take. He still has the time to reach out to us now before it is too late.

Also speaking, the former Senate Whip, Senator Roland Owie, said Gov. Obaseki had not been fair to the Legacy group in spite the assistance the group gave him when he ran into political crisis in his former party, the APC. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Vincent Obi

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