July 21, 2024

Edo 2024: PDP Stakeholders Petition Against “Unmerited Waiver for Asue Ighodaro”

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 By Correspondent

A group that goes by the name – ‘Concerned Edo PDP Patriot’ have written a petition to the Chairman of Edo State Gubernatorial Election 2024 Screening Committee, His Excellency, Caleb Mutfwang, to demand the disqualification of Mr. Asue Ighodalo. Their demand is contained in written document made available to Midwest Herald by a high ranking Peoples Democratic Party leader in Edo State who is a member of the group.

“We, the undersigned, wish to bring to your attention a matter of critical importance regarding the purported waiver planned for the aspirant of the incumbent Governor, Asue lghodalo, in the upcoming Edo State Gubernatorial election of 2024.

“It has come to our notice that the planned waiver directly contravenes the party’s constitution as amended in section 9, paragraph 3, of page 68, which unequivocally states that: ‘There shall be a minimum of two years membership span for a member to be eligible to stand for election into any public office.’ It is evident that the anointed candidate of the governor (Asuen lghodalo) does not meet this requirement as stipulated in the party’s constitution.

“We believe that adhering to the provisions of the party’s constitution is paramount to upholding the principles of fairness and equality within our political processes.

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“Granting a waiver that overlooks this vital membership requirement not only undermines the integrity of the democratic process but also goes against the fundamental tenets of our party’s constitution.

“With this in mind, we respectfully urge the screening committee to consider this petition and to refrain from making any erroneous decisions that could potentially jeopardize the party’s chances of retaining the state.

“It is crucial that the screening committee upholds the rule of law as outlined in the party’s constitution, thereby ensuring that the Edo people are presented with a viable and befitting leadership capable of addressing the social, economic, and infrastructural challenges that they currently face.

“We trust that the screening committee will give due consideration to this petition and take the necessary steps to uphold the values and principles that our party stands for.”

The petition is jointly signed by three PDP members from the three senatorial districts in Edo State. They are: Musa Aliyu, Owan East Local Government Area; Suleiman Braimoh, Etsako West Local Government Area and Victor Ikponwonsa, Egor Local Government Area.

The petitioners copied the Acting National Chairman and all Members of PDP National Working Committee; Zonal Vice Chairman South, Chief Dan Osi Orbih; Chairman PDP Governors Forum, Governor Bala Mohammed; Chairman PDP Board of Trustees and members of PDP Edo State Working Committee.

Some PDP governorship Aspirants-Ojezua, Shaibu, Akhabue, Onaiwu, Ogbeide-Ihama and others

In a related development, some PDP governorship aspirant has met to discuss the ‘common grounds’ on how they can overcome the challenges ahead of the September 21, 2024 election, scheduled to be conducted by the Independent Nigeria Electoral Commission, INEC.

Those present at the meeting were, Comrade Philip Shaibu, Edo State Deputy Governor, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Hon. Felix Akhabue, Mr. Anselem Ojezua, Dr. Osaro Onaiwu and others.

Mr. Asue Ighodalo, who is believed to be the anointed aspirant of Governor Godwin Obaseki was not seen at the meeting which held behind closed door in Abuja.           

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