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Friday, 11 July 2014

Govs Work Against Oshiomhole’s Defection To PDP


It’s Ridiculous Claims and Utter Falsehood – Oshiomhole
 Amos Dunia in Abuja---Moves by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party is being seriously resisted by governors of the party and the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih.
PER SECOND NEWS gathered that the Comrade governor has become so uncomfortable with the leadership style of his party at the national level and the way some of them go about pilfering resources belonging to states under the control of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Oshiomhole, whose profile is perceived to be waning owing to the drop in the valve to carry out people oriented projects, is alleged to be particularly piqued with the handling of over N1billion contract he awarded to one of the prominent leaders of the party and a former governor of one of the richest states in the South-west geo-political zone.
The APC leader is believed to have failed to execute the contract after collecting payment for the job which is expected to be one of the major projects of the Oshiomhole-led administration in the state.
The Comrade Governor is also believed to be having sleepless night over recent developments within the APC in the state that led to the defection of some prominent members of his administration and party defected to the PDP in the state.
PDP governors, it was gathered are resisting the plan to get Oshiomhole defect to the party on the ground that his acceptance into the party would create more crisis than attract any positive impact for the party.
For instance, the PDP governors are of the view that the coming of Oshiomhole would create a major disequilibrium in the structures of the party in the state as he would want to dominate the affairs of the party in the state which would not be in the interest of members particularly leaders of the party that have sustained the PDP all these years with Oshiomhole as governor.
Specifically, the Chairman of the BoT of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih was particularly said to have taken aback on hearing that that Oshiomhole is interested in defecting to the party.
Anenih was quoted as having said: “What does he want to come and do in our party having destroyed the APC in the Edo state. Is he planning to come and destroy the party we worked so hard to build?
But Oshiomhole is not giving up the idea as he has approached the President of the Senate to assist him talk to the PDP governors to accept his defection proposal, assuring that he means well in his resolve to join the ruling party.

In his reaction, Governor Oshiomhole described the insinuations of his plan to defect to the PDP as ridiculous claims and utter falsehood.
Oshionhole, who spoke to PER SECOND NEWS through his Special Advier on Media, Prince Kassim Afegbua explained that there cannot be any Governor in the country who wishes to join the PDP and it would refuse.
Afegbua said: “A PDP that has shown such undiluted obsession for power and power alone. A PDP that has shown a remarkable capacity for arm twisting and political capturing. The Comrade Governor has not and will not contemplate joining the PDP because there is no basis for that.
“At the initial stage, Dr. Ogbemudia led a delegation of PDP chieftains to beg Oshiomhole to join their party, but the Comrade Governor declined. Is it now he will be interested? That is utter rubbish.
“At any rate because they are so daft they are not aware of constitutional provisions which guarantee anyone to associate and assemble with any organisation be it political party or otherwise. Political parties are like markets; free entry, free exit. Nobody can prevent any Nigerian from joining a Party. That is where they got it wrong.
“If comrade Governor chooses to join PPD today, even President Jonathan will role out drums to welcome him. A Comrade Governor whose popularity in the country is legendary, formidable and quintessential. This is why we are trying to prevail on him to contest for president in 2015. Who knows, he may bow to our pressure,” Afegbua said.
On alleged contracts awarded to former governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Bola Tinubu by Governor Oshiomhole, Afegbua said he is aware that contracts were given to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, adding that there are no abandoned projects in Edo State.
According to him: “All projects are either completed or ongoing. Assuming Bola Tinubu got contract through due process, how is that a sin. There is no law that forbids him from getting patronage anywhere in the country provided he does the job.

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