Edo PDP primaries: Don’t bring down the roof, Lagos Party Chair cautions gladiators

Lagos State PDP Chairman, Mr Philip Aivoji,

The Lagos State PDP Chairman, Mr Philip Aivoji, has urged PDP gladiators in Edo not to bring down the roof of the party over the outcome of the governorship primary in the state.

Aivoji told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos that those aggrieved over the emergence of Mr Asue Ighodalo as the candidate of the party for the Sept. 21 governorship election should allow reconciliation in the interest of the party.

Edo Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu, along with their supporters, had disagreed over who should be supported to clinch the party’s ticket.

Obaseki’s favoured candidate, Ighodalo, had emerged as the governorship candidate at the party’s main primary on Feb.21 ,while Shaibu,who had tried unsuccessfully to get the governor’s support, emerged at a parallel primary held at his residence.

The development has deepened the division and infighting within the Edo chapter of the party as Shaibu has rejected the emergence of Ighodalo, threatening legal action if not declared the party’s candidate.

Reacting, Aivoji said that aggrieved party leaders should not embark on any journey that could undermine the chances of the party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.

“Various PDP gladiators should put their house together and support the candidate that emerged. That is the only way the Edo people can benefit and they too can benefit.

“If they miss it, it is going to affect everybody. If anyone cannot be the governor now, you should not bring the roof down.

“For the sake of the party and for the sake of the incoming generation we should support one another. Let us rally round the candidate,” he said.

Commending the National leadership of the PDP for efforts to reconcile all aggrieved persons and groups, Aivoji urged various gladiators to think of the party first and embrace peace.

According to him, Ighodalo means well for the state with the plans reeled out for the people, hence the need to rally round him.

“He (Ighodalo) has experience and knows what to do. He has been part of the system.

“It is not about trial and error this time around.

“All gladiators should support him for the sake of the party and the state,” he said.

Urging Shaibu, the factional PDP candidate that emerged in a parallel party’s primary elections, to support Ighodalo, Aivoji said that all those aggrieved must ensure PDP retain in power in the state.

Aivoji noted that Shaibu could still be governor of the state with patience.

“But what people don’t realise is that there is time.

“His own time may not be now,but if he is committed, he can still be the governor,” he said.

NAN recalls that the PDP National Working Committee has appointed Bauchi State Gov, Bala Mohammed, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Emmanuel Enoidem, as Chairman and Secretary respectively, of an 11-member committee tasked with reconciling all aggrieved members in Edo.

The PDP presented Ighodalo with the Certificate of Return on Tuesday, while Shaibu, on Wednesday, visited the party’s national headquarters in Abuja , asserting himself as the genuine candidate. (NAN)