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Election fallout: Resign now PDP tells Edo state Chairman, Orbih

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….’Cabal runs state chapter’

Edo PDP Parliament for Positive Change, a group within the Edo Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to rescue the State Branch of the Party from, “the non-winning election syndrome”, and turn it into a, “vibrant, inclusive and transparent Party that will always win election in Edo State”, asking the current chairman Chief Dan Orbih to resign or be sacked .
The group which has listed various corrupt allegations against the chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, whom they blame for the falling fortunes of the party has asked him to step aside or be shown the way out .
“It is obvious that the interest of the party is not paramount to Dan Orbih as he has rather continuously benefited from the failure of PDP to win elections. We therefore call on Chief Dan Orbih to immediately resign or will be sacked in no distant time”.
They accused the state chairman of running the place with a cabal as well as using his position to enrichen himself to the detriment of the state chapter and its electoral fortunes.
The group’s position is contained in a statement made available to newsmen from a communiqué issued immediately after an emergency meeting of concerned party members in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, Thursday.
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 nurtured 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 hold of the few cabal”.
They accused the State Party 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 election 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”.
They said, “Sometimes, when money comes to the party, he and few of his cabal pockets 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 from his own personal house and uses the State Secretariat only when there is need for Press Briefing whereas, every other meetings are conducted in his house to place fear in the minds of audience thereby making them keep mute during meetings for fear of being lynched by his boys.
They challenged Chief Dan Orbih to explain why he has refused to hold Executive council meetings or enlarged EXCO meeting since he assumed office, a development they said translates to his running the party as a Sole Administrator.
“As we speak, the leadership deficiency ranging from non reaching out to very key members of the party as well as those known to playing important roles during electioneering process whenever, they are in crisis is no more news under the Edo PDP led by Chief Dan Orbih”.
They then called on lovers of democracy and the PDP in Edo to advise Chief Dan Orbih and his ilk to step aside “before a vote of no confidence is passed on him soonest”.
The concerned members stressed that, ” we are not unaware of the fact that, the State Chairman’s second term of four years will lapse in March 2020 and having first completed the remains two years of the former Chairman, he will be spending ten years as Edo State PDP Chairman.
“In that past nine years, Dan Orbih has never won any reasonable election rather he has consistently be pretending to be wining his Unit and Ward only to be losing his LGA, Senatorial District and the State to the ruling APC. It is only in Edo, that the PDP will win the Presidential elections only to be lose the State assembly election, ‘owing to seeming arrangement between him and Adams Oshiomhole”, they added.
The communiqué signed by Barrister Davison Osas Davison, its Legal Adviser said that the door of the concern members is widely open to women and men who are passionate about the PDP and want to reverse its electoral misfortunes since the present executive committee led Chief Dan Orbih assumed office nine years ago.

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