Alleged mistrust in Edo PDP against new members: Imasogie disagrees with Ojezua

Calls for total, unpretentious fusing

By Augustine E. Aghoghovwia

A prominent elder of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in Edo South senatorial district, Owere Dickson Imasogie, has called for “a total and unpretentious fusing and blending” of new decampees into the structures, rules and workings of the existing parent party, emphasizing that the party was big and experienced enough to accommodate “all its genuine members, and even sympathizers.”

Owere Imasogie, who spoke to the press, last week, on the heels of the allegations made by the erstwhile State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Edo State, Barrister Anslem Ojezua, who has since joined the PDP, that there existed palpable “mistrust, distrust and suspicion” against them from mainstream PDP leaders and members in the state, maintained that if there was anything of such, as credited to Ojezua, “it could be that they, who came into the party recently with the governor, have not displayed convincing genuineness of their willingness, intention and readiness to committedly fuse into the PDP, because, as it is often quoted, ‘he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.’  The PDP is one solid, old and experienced party with leaders of repute, who have been receiving and integrating decampees into the party over the years; this is not the first time, and this cannot be an exception.”

The Edo South PDP elder, who has remained in the party since its inception from 1998, while calling on the recent APC decampees into the PDP to exhibit visible genuineness of such intention by submitting to existing arrangements in the party, however, emphasized that there were “available, viable opportunities for necessary negotiations and realignments in effective, seamless consultations with the leaders of the party to accommodate all interests with a view to guaranteeing peace, unity and cohesion amongst all.”    

“A situation,” he said, “in which they continue to see themselves differently, as APC inside PDP, holding parallel meetings which are obviously being encouraged by their supposed leaders amongst themselves, and not subscribing to existing PDP leadership, and operational rules of engagement, can neither augur well for the party, nor for them.  Only recently, in my local government area, Uhunmwode, they held a separate meeting in which they resolved to suspend a PDP leader, a distinguished Senator, in the person of Senator Rowland Owie, who even came into the party long before them.  That cannot be acceptable. 

“There was even an instance, last year, when a high ranking leader, amongst them, openly confessed he really didn’t like the PDP, that he came just because his master, the governor, defected into the party.  If you were a PDP leader, what would be your reaction to that? Today, sometimes, I must say, I sympathize with His Excellency, Governor Obaseki, because many of those who followed him to decamp into the PDP, are not genuinely seeking his 100 percent interest, but selfishly scheming after their own interests.  By my own assessment, they are not willing to infuse into the PDP.”

Owere Imasogie, while alluding to some mischievous critics who now label the PDP as still being in opposition, even when the party has produced the governor of the state, just because of the recalcitrant intrigues of these former APC leaders, wondered what really the PDP had gained since securing victory last year.

In his words, “The PDP, no doubts, literarily saved the governor from the shame and embarrassment he was being robed in, at that time, by leaders of the APC, and provided an umbrella for all and sundry to come into the PDP, where the existing structures on ground provided the footholds to secure that victory on September 19, 2020.  So, why wouldn’t these new entrants genuinely blend with the party in the true spirit of collective aspiration?

It would be recalled that, last week, in an interview with newsmen, former Edo APC Chairman, Barrister Anselm Ojezua, disclosed that “It (their entrance into the PDP) has not been an all rosy situation. I noticed that there is still some level of reservations, mistrust, distrust, suspicion. But all these are normal in politics once there is a huge political development as it had been experienced in Edo. Naturally, you have such symptoms.”

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