Philip Shaibu, Edo state deputy governor has hinted that some governor Obaseki’s supporters are planning to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Shaibu who decamped alongside his principal, Mr Godwin Obaseki said the national leadership of the PDP has refused to fully integrate the followers of the governor into the party.
In the build-up to the 2020 governorship election in the state, Mr Obaseki and Mr Shaibu as well as their supporters left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP following the feud between the governor and his erstwhile “godfather”, Adams Oshiomhole, who was then APC national chairman.
After the governor defected to the PDP, he became the party’s flagbearer and won the election.
After a few months, there have been speculations that the governor and his deputy may leave the PDP over the crisis in the Edo chapter of the party.
Mr Obaseki over the weekend said he will not leave the PDP, and declared that members who are uncomfortable with his leadership of the party to leave.
Speaking on the crisis in Edo PDP while featuring on Channels Television programme on Monday evening monitored by TECHNOCRAT MEDIA, Mr Shaibu said the governor’s supporters who left the APC for the PDP do not feel like they have been accepted into the party.
“For me, Philip Shaibu, I have no plans to leave. For Philip Shaibu, his followers, and the followers of Obaseki that left APC to PDP, they plan to leave PDP but to where? For now, I don’t know,” he said.
“Why? Because we felt we are not accepted in PDP and that is the reason we are actually thinking that it is time to just draw the curtains and leave.
“We left APC because of the oppression by APC national chairman meted on the governor. And for some of us that hated oppression, we decided to jettison our relationship with the godfather then to follow the governor to the PDP.
“We have not been accepted into PDP and for us, we are not telling the governor it is either now or we leave.
“We are in PDP now and expected that we will be integrated. When I say ‘we’, not just Philip Shaibu, I’m talking about Anselm Ojezua (former Edo APC chairman) and the state working committee, the ward chairmen and the executives, the leaders of APC then, and all the well-wishers that left APC because of Obaseki.”
“We have been meeting and we have said we need to be integrated. Anselm Ojezua resigned his membership as chairman of the state; the ward chairmen resigned; other executives resigned to join PDP.
“As I speak, they have not been integrated and we are talking about harmonisation; they have refused to harmonise. For some of us, that means we are not welcome in PDP.
“We are not saying dismantle, drive everybody and accept us. We are saying create room for Anselm Ojezua and create room for x. Just like we have done in the appointment in government. We’ve created space for the old PDP that we met. They are commissioners.”
While he asked to mention the people who refused to integrate Obaseki’s supporters, Mr Shaibu said the problem is from the national leadership of the party.
“If I want to mention names I will say the national. At the state level, we have harmonised. We have a harmonised list as we speak at the state: old PDD and the new PDP,” he added.
“That list needs to be ratified by the national and the national has not ratified that list and elections are coming. We need the national leadership to come and resolve these issues and they have been moving the goalpost from one end to another.”
“The problem is from the national. I will not want to blame it on the national chairman but I will also blame him because the issues are before him. Since he took over leadership, he has not deemed it fit to call for a meeting to resolve the Edo crisis.”