February 01, (THEWILL) – Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has appealed to members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State to shield their swords and end all strife among party members in the State.
The Governor’s appeal followed the ruling of the Supreme Court, on the list of candidates to fly the party’s flag for the National and State Assembly elections in the State.
The list of authentic candidates to fly the PDP’s flag in State and National Assembly seats had unsettled the camps of loyalists to Governor Obaseki and the National Vice-Chairman (South-South) of the Party,Dan Orbih.
With several court judgments and counter-judgements trailing the soul of the party in the State, the apex court on Wednesday, dismissed the appeal filed by the legacy group, led by Orbih.
The court affirmed the list of candidates, which emerged from the primary election conducted by the faction of the party loyalist to the State Governor, for the February 25 and March 11, elections.
However, in a statement personally signed by Obaseki on Wednesday, the Governor urged all members of the party to unite for victory ahead of the forthcoming elections.
The statement read: “The ruling of the Supreme Court today, finally put to rest the long-drawn legal tussle over the candidates that will fly the flag of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Edo State in the general election on the 25th of February and 11th of March 2023
“As the leader of the party in the State, I implore all members to consider this development as the end of all strife within the Edo PDP and to note that this is a victory for all members. Our resolve now is to win the forthcoming general elections as this experience has made us stronger and better prepared to clinch victory.
“This disagreement, which has now been amicably resolved, attests to the maturity of actors, who as law-abiding party members, have subjected themselves to and accepted the verdict of the courts.
“As there are no victors or vanquished in this issue, I want to call on all members of our party to come together to speak with one voice against the real opponents since our party is big enough to accommodate our variegated interests.
“The ongoing crisis in our Nation, which has been choreographed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), is subjecting Nigerians to perhaps, the most tortuous living conditions in our history since the Civil War between 1967 and 1970. Our efforts must now be directed at removing the APC from power and restoring our blessed Country.
“I, therefore, call on all our members in Edo State to stand up and be counted among the brave party men and women, who stood to be counted in the execution of this all-important task to rescue Nigeria and pull it back from the precipice.”