EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
MEMBERS of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP in Edo state like their colleagues nationwide, penultimate weekend elected 576 ad hoc delegates from the 197 wards of the eighteen local government areas in the state in the first leg of series of primaries to choose party members for public offices in the weeks ahead.
The exercise was adjudged peaceful and orderly by Chief Chris Agbobu, former Minister of state for Defense who was head of the observer team from the National secretariat of the party at Abuja.
Agbobu said that the success of the exercise meant that the PDP was well-positioned to win all the available public offices in the state come 2015 general elections.
State chairman of the party Chief Dan Orbih said that he was overwhelmed by the success recorded going by reports from all the wards adding that it was free of rancor and infighting.
“What I have seen is heartwarming, it is peaceful and cordial and all are members are united and committed to the 2015 and 2016 project of taking over all the state and National assembly seats and the Government house thereafter”.
Meanwhile two ward leaders of the party in Oredo local government area Messrs Oduwa Igbinosun for Ward one and Austin Nehizena for Ward two have asked members of the party to make themselves available for the collection of their permanent voters cards this week.
They said the key to the party winning all the elections scheduled for 2015 lies in voters who want the party back in power in Edo state registering to vote if they have not done so before and collecting their PVC, without which they cannot vote in 2015 and 2016.