The simmering crisis in the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) became an open sore over the weekend as the Integrity Group, a pressure group within , Edo State chapter announced the suspension of notable chieftains of the party from across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Those suspended were a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, former Chief of Staff to ex President Goodluck Jonathan, 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 suspension was announced in a communique signed by former Chairman, Nigeria Football Association, Emperor Jarret Tenebe and a former two-time chairman, Owan West Government Area, Dan Asekhema released after a stakeholders meeting held last weekend in Benin City.
A vote of confidence was, however, passed on the State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, whom they offered six months extension to enable his supervise the primary for the Edo governorship election scheduled for next year.
The communique read in part: “We the Edo PDP integrity Group also announced the adoption of former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion as the leader of our party in Edo State.
Explaining why some of the leaders were suspended, the communique explained that “Chief Oghiadohme was seen when he flew a helicopter with governor Godwin Obaseki last weekend to attend convocation ceremony of the Edo University Iyamho last weekend.
“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 bilion so he can join PDP and take control.