All seem to be going from bad to worse in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as key members of the party keep shunning the presidential rally of the party with the latest being that of Edo State.
Members of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Legacy Group, a faction loyal to the party’s National Vice Chairman, South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, and the Senator Representing Edo South Senatorial District, Sen Matthew Urhoghide, were no where to be found at the PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar’s Campaign rally in Benin City.
Notable amongst the PDP legacy members that were not at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of the PDP Presidential Rally, are Chief Dan Orbih, Edo State PDP Vice Chairman, Barr Henry Omagbon, House of Representatives Member, representing Oredo Federal Constituency, Engr Ogbeide-Ihama, Mr Pascal Ugbome, Barr Lucy Omagbon, Engr Mike Onolemenmen, Larry Okunbor and Ogieva Okunbor
Also missing were Governor of Rivers State, Barr Nysome Wike and his Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and Ifeanyu Ugwuanyi of Enugu, a development political analysts have decried and posited could undermine the chances of the party in the forthcoming election.
The five state governors known as the G-5 also missed the launch of the campaign in Uyo some weeks ago as they remain resolute in their decision to not join the presidential campaign of the party for the illegal and undemocratic activities the party keeps condoning within it.
The Legacy group were also missing during the inauguration of the Edo state Campaign Council on Friday, October 20, 2022, where the Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, who is the Chairman of the Edo Campaign Council assured that the state is ready to deliver votes for the PDP in 2023 Geberal Elections, a decision that let to him announcing the suspension of governance for politics in Edo.
The rally also saw heavily armed security men manning the entrance in and around the stadium as an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) after it was an alleged that there were groups planning to disrupt the rally.