By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
As political parties warms up for the 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Macdonald Igbinoba Confidence, has said that the party may again lose the election if it failed to conduct congresses before the governorship primary election next year, 2020.
Recall, that a chieftain of the party, Jeffrey Osamede Edorodion, had recently called on the national leadership of the party as a matter of urgency to dissolve the Dan Orbih led executive and conduct elections to fill party executive positions.
Edorodion said the call was sequel to the expiration of the tenure of Orbih and others.
Confidence, an executive member of the Ikpoba Okha local government chapter of the party told reporters that the early conduct of the state Congress will enable the party to resolve all the likely grievances that may arise from it, before the governorship primary election.
“A state congress for March or April 2020 will certainly keep the party in perpetual opposition as there will not be sufficient time to resolve whatever grievances that may arise from the congresses, let alone that which may arise from the governorship primaries.
“Waiting till March 2020 will again be counter productive to the party’s desire and aspirations to win Edo state”, she said.
She noted that for the party to reclaim the state in the 2020 governorship election, the national, zonal and state leadership of the party must ensure that the congresses are conducted before the end of 2019.
The chieftain, who expressed confidence that the party will win the gubernatorial election, noted that the feat can only be achieved if the needful is done by the national leadership of the party by ensuring that the state congresses are conducted on time.
She said failure to do what is right and appropriate will again be tantamount to losing the state to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“Both the national, zonal and state leadership of the party should join hands together to do the right thing. Not doing the right thing will make the party fail again in the next governorship election.
“The only way out, for me is for the leaders to conduct Congress early enough probably by October or November, this year.”
Confidence who noted that the party as well as the entire people in the state are tired of being in the opposition, added that members at the grassroots level have started indicating interest to vie for various positions in the party’s executive.
Reacting, a chieftain of the party, Michael Obasuyi, urged the members not to divide the party.
“I want to tell you categorically that I spoke with the state chairman some months back, and he told me in plain words that their tenure will soon come to an end.” Obaseki said.
“I would not even want to stay even for one day extra, not because of anything, but because I feel I have done my own part, made my mark, and let another leader continue from where I stopped.” Obasuyi quoted Orbih.
He however advised members to maintain peace and shun anything capable of dividing the party.
He also cautioned against unfounded speculations from any quarter regarding tenure elongation, saying there are a lot of mischief makers waiting to divide the party.