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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Trouble in Edo PDP over vote of confidence on Ogiadomhe

By Abdulwahab Abdulah and Gabriel Enogolase
An Edo North based socio-political group, Edo North Consultative Forum (ECF), has dismissed  claim that the Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, was not qualified  to vote in the last Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Special National Convention that took place in Abuja.
According to the ECF, in a statement by its public relations officer, Dr. Leo Fadaka, it criticised the advertorial by a group which described the participation of Oghiadhome at the convention as fraud.
ECF said as a leader of the PDP in Edo North, and a two term deputy governor of Edo State, the Chief of  Staff  was qualified as a  delegate at the PDP convention.
Fadaka said: “It is high level of mischief and inconceivable on the part of the faceless group to descend so low to score a cheap political point even if it  meant concocting lies and other unpalatable things.”
Meanwhile, the Edo North Senatorial Zone of the PDP may have passed  a vote of no confidence on  Oghiadomhe, over what they described as his insensitive leadership.
The leaders of the party, said to have taken the decision at the weekend at an expanded leadership of the party meeting in Polaris Hotel, Afashio- Jattu, near Auchi, said it was aimed at re-strategizing and improving the fortunes of the PDP  Zone come 2015, even as they called for his immediate sack by the President.
The decision  followed a motion by Chief Sylvester Eruaga and observation by Suleiman Asekhamhe that  Oghidomhe was not living up to his responsibility as the senatorial leader of the party and as such should be removed.
Those who spoke at the meeting allegedly complained that members of  party were not happy with his conduct as a leader and were not benefitting from his leadership.
It was further learnt that one of the Chief of Staff ‘s loyalist from Etsako Central local government,  Shikh Ustace, who objected to his removal, was asked to leave the venue.

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