Edo PDP crisis: Obaseki begs state exco members

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki may have made a U-turn on his plan to dissolve the executives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the ward, local government and state levels.

He met with the State Working Committee (SWC) members to beg them to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

The planned dissolution was to accommodate the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders who defected with Obaseki to the PDP on June 19 last year.

The last year terms of the proposed harmonisation were rejected by the Dr Tony Aziegbemi-led SWC.

Obaseki met at the newly-renovated Governor’s Office at the Government House in Benin on Wednesday .

One of the leaders, who was at the meeting but pleaded not to be named, said the governor was uncomfortable with the “tough and unfriendly” resolutions of the SWC members.

The source said Obaseki was displeased with the protest letter they sent to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

The governor, according to the source, claimed he was not taking the SWC members and other stakeholders for granted.

Obaseki told the SWC members that he was grateful to them for allowing him to seek reelection on the party’s platform during the last September 19 election, after he was denied the privilege by the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC National Working Committee (NWC).

According to the source, Obaseki informed the party leaders that he received many calls from other PDP governors and eminent Nigerians, who told him that the crisis in Edo PDP was too early and that he should not be seen as an ingrate.

The governor urged the SWC members to bring their suggestions on the way forward to put an end to the brewing crisis.

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