- The crisis rocking the Edo chapter of the PDP may soon be over
- Some loyalists have threatened to dump the party over alleged injustice
- But the state working committee has, however, held a meeting with Obaseki to avert the crisis
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has met the State Working Committee (SWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the crisis rocking the party.
This Day reports that the governor had allegedly dissolved the leadership of the party from the ward to the state level in order to accommodate his loyalists who came from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that the state PDP SWC recently wrote to the national leadership of the party. The letter was in protest against the alleged plot to dissolve the state leadership of the party and also complain about the delay in the appointment of commissioners.
According to the report, in the letter addressed to the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, the state PDP alleged that Obaseki was being misled by three categories of people in the party.
It was gathered that the governor was said to have expressed his unhappiness over the position of the SWC which he said was “too hard” on him.
He was said to have told them that contrary to insinuation, he is not taking them for granted and that he remained grateful to the PDP for giving him the platform for his re-election after falling out with his former party, the APC.
The governor reportedly told the SWC members led by Anthony Aziegbemie that he has been receiving calls from his colleague governors across the country and business associates, who expressed concern that he was falling out with the party that brought him back to power so soon.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former commissioner for information in Edo state and a chieftain of the PDP, Charles Idahosa, gave details about the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
It was reported that Idahosa faulted the petition written by the chairman of the party in the state, Anthony Aziegbemi, to the national chairman, Secondus, to stop Governor Obaseki from dissolving the state executive.
In a related report, the federal government gave more clarifications over the allegation made by Obaseki that N60 billion was printed to augment its March monthly allocations to the states and local governments.
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, said the apex bank would ensure the full and timely repayment of all facilities extended to states.
He stated that the N614 billion budget support facility was extended to the states between 2016 and 2018 to offset the backlog of unpaid salaries and other emoluments due to the recession occasioned by the crude oil slump.