The National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the delegates election of the party in Edo State, describing it as shameful and a Nollywood movie.
Orbih, a former Chairman of the party in Edo State, while faulting the role played by Enugu State governor, Peter Mbah in the controversial organisation of the election, however, assured the party’s nine protesting governorship aspirants that their protests would not go in vain.
Chief Orbih stated this in a statement her personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday.
Mr Orbih gave the assurance while addressing nine out of the 10 aspirants who visited him in his Benin City residence to protest the conduct of Saturday’s delegate election.
He also flayed the alleged role played by Governor Mbah, in what he described as a “Nollywood movie” that was presented as an ad-hoc delegate election in the state.
He commended the aspirants and other party officials for their courage in standing against the might of the Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki.
”I salute your courage, I salute your commitment. We appreciate you all. Your struggle and effort are not personal but for our collective interest and dream of a better Edo State.
“What took place on Saturday was the governor’s ad-hoc delegate election and not PDP.
“I have listened to the position of the aspirants who disassociated themselves from Saturday’s Saturdays Saturday’s ’s show of shame purportedly supervised by the governor of Enugu state who flew into Benin,
”And after meeting with his Edo counterpart in Government House went with him to George Idah collation centre to record a television scene to justify the illegalities carried out across the state,” Orbih said.
Continuing, he said: “Let me join all of you in condemning and rejecting the shameless show, and I am happy the aspirants are taking steps to set aside the sad Nollywood event of Saturday.
“Be assured that like Liverpool fans, you will never walk alone, and the cry that a stranger will not fly the ticket of the party will not end in vain.
“I appeal to all party faithful to remain calm. I will once again declare that Edo PDP will not support a stranger for the 2024 Guber election.”
He also noted that all sorts of write-ups were being sponsored on social media, adding that “but like they say a ripe fruit attracts stones and arrows. We shall overcome.”
According to reports from Edo State, the protest of the nine aspirants was not unconnected to reports of the adulteration of the election officers for the ward ad-hoc election.
The nine aspirants, except Asue Ighodalo, had earlier petitioned the National Working Committee (NWC), alleging that the list of election officers had been muddled.
Mr Ighodalo is believed to be the anointed candidate of Governor Obaseki.