By Ozioruva Aliu
BENIN CITY – Former Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate and Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sir Rolland Owie yesterday dispelled rumours that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State was plotting to take over the structure of the PDP for his selfish end, a rumour that has led to some persons instituting a court case in Abuja against the dissolution of the PDP leadership in the state.
In an interview with Sunday Vanguard, Owie said the rumour was being peddled by a section of the opposition All Progressives Congress who defected with Obaseki to the PDP for their selfish interests.
He said “I want to appeal to PDP leaders and followers in Edo state to concentrate on building the party and forget about the quarrel which from all indications is being generated by few of our members from the APC. I want to say categorically that there are three types of APC in Edo state. Category A are those that were anti-Obaseki and they remained on their own, category B are those who believed in Obaseki but for certain personal reasons could not leave with Obaseki immediately to the PDP then the third category are those that followed Obaseki to the PDP immediately. This category are those holding and those that held political offices in government who felt following him to the PDP will enable them retain their seat when in actual fact a number of them were still not too keen on Obaseki but for self interest.
“So the truth is Obaseki means well for the PDP and Edo State and I do not see him or he being prepared to be part of any situation whereby the umbrella that was given to him when all hope seemed to fail is tarnished. I appeal to the APC members who carry rumour right and left not to tarnish the image of Obaseki and the PDP because he means well.
“Obaseki has no reason for any structure, he will not be running again for governorship, he is running his second term, even if he wants to run for presidency, it is not the turn of South-South. Let them stop ridiculing and blackmailing the name of Obaseki.
“PDP lost Edo state out of impunity and PDP regained the government of Edo state out of impunity of APC, we should thank our God that gave us that victory, we should allow Obaseki to concentrate on the governance of Edo state and get PDP to the highest level.
By Ozioruva Aliu