Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo state have been suspended - Among those who were temporarily sent out of the party were Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Tom Ikimi and Chief Mike Oghiadohme –
The Integrity Group faction of the party which suspended the chieftains said that they were secretly supporting Governor Godwin Obaseki ahead of the gubernatorial poll
The massive suspension of some chieftains of the Integrity Group faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state has triggered chaos in the political circle. Those suspended include, Chief Tom Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister; former Chief of Staff to the president, Chief Mike Oghiadohme; former minister of works, Arch Mike Onolememen; Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Senator Yisa Braimoh, Senator Victor Oyofo and a former leader of the House of Representatives, Tunde Akogun, The Nation reports.
As to why the chieftains were suspended, Dan Asekhema, a former chairman of Owan West government area in a statement said that they were secretly supporting Governor Godwin Obaseki when the PDP has its own aspirants for the governorship election. The statement partly read: “Chief Oghiadohme was seen when he flew a helicopter with governor Godwin Obaseki last weekend to attend convocation ceremony of the Edo university Iyamho. “He even displayed the sign 4+4, endorsing Obaseki when we have our own PDP aspirants.
Chief Ikimi and others have been holding clandestine meetings with Governor Obaseki where we learnt reliably that the governor was asked to bring N6 billion so he can join PDP and take the ticket." The faction said that the move was necessary so as to inculcate discipline in the party. It also called on all aspirants to disregard the activities of greedy politicians and go ahead with their campaigns.
Meanwhile, reported that the dream of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to become the governor Edo state might still come true as he had reportedly concluded plans to dump the opposition PDP for the APC. Recall that the Ize-Iyamu was a former governorship aspirant of the opposition for the 2016 governorship election.