Edo: PDP told to suspend Governor Obaseki

The disagreement between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state has continued to generate reactions with the APC describing the call for Philip Shaibu’s resignation from the PDP as very irritating and unheard-off.

Earlier reports that Shaibu, a former deputy governor of the state who was impeached on April 8 but still remains a member of the PDP, on Sunday in Benin, described the PDP candidate for the September 21 governorship election, Asue Ighodalo, as an outsider, who should be rejected by the electorate.

Shaibu contested the primary and lost to Ighodalo  but suddenly pitched his tent with the APC candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo, whom he described as a homeboy needed to govern Edo State.

Reacting to Shaibu’s support for APC’s Okpebholo, , the Deputy Director of the PDP in charge of Media, Rev. Olu Martin, has now called for the resignation of Shaibu from the party.

“It is obvious that PDP is yet to understand the hurricane that has happened in their party. Virtually everyone with political relevance has left and those still in the party are only lying in wait as undertakers to bury the party.

“Rather than ask Shaibu to resign, the PDP should suspend their outgoing governor, Obaseki, for leading them to political obscurity in Edo State.

“Comrade Philip Shaibu is an Iroko, a true definition of homeboy and a political giant in the state, like the APC candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo.

“The APC wishes to give free advice to the dead PDP that it should concentrate its energy on how to tell Edo people what Asue Ighodalo and his running mate intend to bring on board after both have served the state for 28 years without any major development.

“The only sane thing left for the PDP is to join Obaseki and Ighodalo on a pleading tour of the state and beg for forgiveness, especially after last week’s confession by the state government that question papers for basic examination in the state was leaked to public schoolteachers in the state, which eventually ended up with maize sellers.

“We are by this statement demanding that Edo State Government should immediately set up an independent panel of inquiry to investigate the circumstances that led to the series of examination questions leakages that have trailed the so-called Edo Best education programme since 2020.”

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