Ize-iyamu’s exit puts him in po­lit­i­cal poverty –Edo PDP chair

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The Chair­man, Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Edo State chap­ter, Dan Or­bih, on Satur­day hit back at Osagie Ize-iyamu and his group who left the PDP for the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, say­ing their exit had left them in po­lit­i­cal poverty.

Ad­dress­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally at the res­i­dence of the late for­mer Speaker of Edo House of As­sem­bly, Mr Benson Alegbe, in Owan West Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Or­bih said those who left the PDP for the APC were left in con­fu­sion be­cause they were not ac­cepted in their new home.

“I want to use this op­por­tu­nity to clear some is­sues that I know are both­er­ing you. To­day, I can saintly say that those few peo­ple who left us for the APC are now in po­lit­i­cal poverty. They are not in hell, they are not in heaven, they are not in the PDP, they are not in the APC,” he said.

He also faulted an al­leged at­tempt by APC lead­ers in the state to dis­so­ci­ate them­selves from the fail­ures of the APC gov­ern­ment, adding that the party should ad­mit its fail­ure.

“They ad­mit­ted that the APC gov­ern­ment in Edo has failed but they now want to sit­u­ate it on the per­son­al­ity of Gov­er­nor God­win Obaseki. Who brought Obaseki? It was Adams Osh­iom­hole. Can we sep­a­rate Obaseki from Osh­iom­hole, no. So, it is clear that the APC in Edo has failed. In their fail­ure they must ad­mit and ac­cept that their time is up,” he said.

The PDP chair­man also faulted the state agri­cul­ture project in Sobe, say­ing the mul­ti­mil­lion-naira project is a com­plete fail­ure with­out any prod­uct to show for it.

But the fac­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the APC (on the side of Obaseki), Mr Joseph Osagiede, said the PDP chair­man had no moral right to crit­i­cize the state gov­ern­ment be­cause he was a man that could not win his ward.

He said, “Or­bih lacks the moral and po­lit­i­cal pedi­gree to even crit­i­cise any gov­ern­ment be­cause he has al­ways had very poor out­ings in elec­tions for the past eight years.

“Par­tic­u­larly, as a politi­cian, he has al­ways lost his ward to the APC so let him go and face the cri­sis in his party. The PDP is sink­ing be­cause of his mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion so let him go and face that and leave the gov­ern­ment alone.”

Mean­while, the Chair­man of Edo North PDP Lead­ers’ Fo­rum, Chief Ray­mond Dokpesi, urged the peo­ple of Owan West to es­chew bit­ter­ness of the past and work to­gether in unity.

Dokpesi also can­vassed that the post of the Deputy Gov­er­nor be zoned to Edo North like APC did.

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