Why We Want Orbih Back As Edo PDP Chairman —UGBOME

Former Vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo State, Mr Paschal Ugbome, has said that majority of members of the party have resolved to return Chief Dan Orbih as chairman of the party in the forthcoming congresses of the state due to the confidence they have in him to return the party back to the Government House come 2016.

He said those opposed to the return of Orbih, including a former Vice Chairman (Edo North) of the party, Mr Johnson Abulagba, were doing so “due to their selfish interest and not the interest of the party in the state.”

Ugbome who was reacting to the current crisis in the party between the group opposed to Chief Orbih and other leaders of the party, said: “I want to say that what we see as a crack in PDP in Edo State, for me I call it a storm in a tea cup, it shows that PDP as an organic institution is alive, well and kicking otherwise you will not hear anything about the party.

He said: “The allegation that the leadership led by Orbih is not winning elections is not correct. I want to say that the leadership of the party under Orbih has been very wonderful in discharging its responsibility as an opposition party.

And progressively, Chief Orbih and members of his leadership have been able to market PDP to Edo people and that is why you will not be surprised that we have about four to five very distinguished Edo citizens making frantic efforts to pick the ticket of the party in the next governorship election.”

“These are very serious human beings, tested and trusted. I am sure if the party was a joke, they would not have been spending their money to aspire to lead Edo State.  If you look at the performance of the party in the last elections, we won the presidential election here, even we did better than states where serving governors were PDP governors.

“But here in a very hostile political climate, doing battle with a dogged governor who is a fighter but we were able to clinch two senatorial seats and five House of Reps seat under the leadership of Orbih and you say we are not winning elections. These gentlemen that are making noise, calling for the removal of Orbih could not even deliver their units during the elections.” (Vanguard)
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