Furore over speculated resignation of Edo PDP chair


By Bisi Olaniyi, Southsouth Bureau Chief

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has denied its chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, resigned.

It accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fabricating the rumoured resignation, saying it was one of the desperate measures of the opposition to mislead voters.

But the APC said it had nothing to do with the speculation, challenging the PDP to look inwards.

Reports of Aziegbemi’s speculated resignation gained grounds in Edo on Friday.

But Edo PDP Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, described the information as fake news and a hoax.

He said:  “The rumour is the fabrication of members of APC in their last minute and desperate efforts to save an unpopular candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from quitting the governorship race, which the party is set to lose.

“With just a week to the September 19 election, and worried by the lack of acceptance of its candidate, the APC has resorted to desperate and unconventional campaign tactics, fake news, deceit and falsehood to attempt to sway Edo voters.

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“The Chairman of PDP in Edo State, Dr. Tony Aziegbemi, has not resigned from the PDP.

“He is committed to leading the party to victory on September 19, with the party’s standard bearer, Governor Godwin Obaseki.”

But the APC, through chairman of its Media Campaign Council, Prince John Mayaki, said: “We are not aware of Aziegbemi’s resignation. He has no need resigning because he will go down in history as a party chairman that could not deliver his candidate to victory.

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“For our victory to be memorable, we need to beat someone and Aziegbemi is one of those that will cry the morning after September 19, 2020, along with Godwin Obaseki, the governorship candidate of PDP in Edo.”

 

 



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