* PDP should move to avert gov election loss – Group
By John Odunjo
A group within the Peoples Democratic Party, Victory Advocates of Nigeria has called on the party’s National Executive Council and stakeholders to as a matter of urgency, intervene in the rift between Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu.
VAN National President, Prince Seyi Ajibola and the group’s Edo State Coordinator, Friday Ogieisoba, said the intervention was necessary to avert the situation degenerating to a battle that could lead to loss of PDP in the forthcoming 2024 governorship election.
Ajibola and Ogieisoba said in separate statements made in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday that negotiation and discussion were the greatest weapons for promoting peace and development in all matters including the present crisis between Obaseki and Shaibu.
The VAN president urged PDP National Working Committee, the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Atiku Abubakar and other stakeholders to use dispute management mechanism committee of the party to resolve the differences between the Edo governor and his deputy.
Ajibola said, “I urge all the parties in the ongoing rift in Edo PDP to refrain from further attacks on each and give our party leaders an ample opportunity to come into this rift in the best interest of the party because we can’t afford to lose Edo state to the opposition”.
VAN State coordinator, Ogieisoba, said that “losing Edo State to opposition party in next year’s election will bring a lot of setback to the ongoing development and growth in the state.
“We all lose together when bullying and personal attacks become a substitute for genuine conversation and principled disagreement,” Ogieisoba said.