*Says Late Anenih Would Have Done Same
As the political crisis in the Edo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lingers, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, yesterday said the party must tread carefully having been out power for over 12 years and called for support for Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He said all well meaning party members must queue behind the Governor to move the state forward just as Edo South Senatorial District of the party has thrown its weight behind Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Announcing the position of the zone after a stakeholders meeting he hosted, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, who represents the district in the senate, said that the zone, in the three-point communiqué issued, accepted the leadership of Obaseki without reservations.
According to the senator, “the Edo South PDP expressed implicit confidence in Governor Godwin Obaseki and his ability to pilot the affairs of the PDP in the state”.
“Two, we hand over the entire structures of the PDP to him to manage and advise him to make wider consultation”.
“And three, we direct all mbers of the State Working Committee, SWC, who are from Edo South, to go and append their signatures to the latter of apology to the governor over the letter the SWC sent to the national body”, Urhoghide added.
The senator who presided over the meeting attended by leaders of the party in the zone, traced the genesis of the crisis rocking the party and maintained that convention, ” the president is the leader of the party at the national level, just as the governor is Tue leader of the party in the state”.
He warned party members to abide by the dictates of the constitution of the PDP, which foreclose members from making public critical comments about the policies and actions of the government, adding that the party “is guided by rules and regulations and it is not in our place as party members to be critical of our own government in the public”.
“I have, with other leaders, met with the SWC. The taste of the letter they wrote to the national body is rude and insulting. We agreed that they should write a letter of apology to the governor and ever since, we have been waiting for the letter “, he explained.
On the issue of integrating those who decamped from the All Progressive Congress, APC, alongside Governor Obaseki, Senator Urhoghide said that it would be wrong to shut those people out of the scheme of things within the party.
“Those who decamped from the APC were once PDP members. It is foolhardy to say you don’t want people to join you. We cannot bring down our own party that is in government.
“If Chief Anenih were to be alive today, he would have been the happiest man. It took 12 years to get back to power in the state and we have a duty to sustain the government and the party”, he admonished.