The crisis in the Edo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) arising from differences between Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Chief Dan Orbih-inspired mainstream of the party was on Wednesday rearing its head over the selection of candidates for the forthcoming local government election.
At issue was the conduct of local government primaries allegedly staged by agents of the governor without the imprimatur of the party leadership.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Ogie Vasco, affirmed that only the party as presently constituted can conduct a valid primary as it disowned that which it claimed had been conducted to select party candidates for the local election.
The statement reads:
“My attention has been drawn to an illegal statement purportedly issued by an Assistant Publicity Secretary, Dr. Patrick Ojebuoboh, on the conduct of Local Government Chairmanship Election Primaries.
“Please note that this said statement should be ignored and disregarded as the constitution of our Party does not permit such illegal statements by an Assistant Publicity Secretary. I advise those behind the illegal statement to consult the relevant sections of the PDP’s constitution for proper guidance. It is also important to note that the relevant and statutory organs of the Party have not met or resolved to fix any dates for Local Government Council elections or Primaries.
“It offends our democratic culture to issue such an illegal statement urging members to participate in an illegal exercise and giving less than 24hrs notice.
“All Party members are hereby advised to ignore and disregard the said statement credited to Dr. Patrick Ojebuoboh”, the Edo PDP publicity scribe said in reference to the local government primaries.