Ogbemudia: we begged Oshiomhole to join PDP’

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Elderstatesman Dr Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia reacted yesterday in Benin to the comment by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja that Governor Adams Oshiomhole pleaded to join the party, saying it is untrue.

Ogbemudia said he led a delegation of himself, Senator Victor Oyofo, Dr Willie Ogbeide and three others to persuade Oshiomhole to come to PDP.

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and two time former Governor of old Bendel State, Dr Ogbemudia said he was shocked when Oshiomhole told them that if he came to PDP his friends in the media would kill him.

“So I was, therefore, embarrassed when I heard that the PDP said he came to them and they rejected him. So the answer for PDP lies in coming together, solve their problem, install internal democracy and re-organise their management to victory” he said.

On the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Ogbemudia said that “the forum, according to experts, is not in the constitution, but as far as I am concerned, whether it is in the constitution or not, it has come to stay. The governors are the custodians of the democratic votes; they are the ones running the country; they are supposed to be the Chief Security Officer of each state.”

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He went on: “The President should be the arbiter; he should call the two warring factions together and settle them. So I expect and appeal to the President to settle them. He should not allow the governors to break up into factions; otherwise the 2015 election will not be total. So, if you want their blessing, you employ them to help you, talk to them like brothers, but if anybody has succeeded in intimidating someone to do what he likes, I don’t think Governor’s Forum is the one that can be intimidated to do what game they want them to play. So it is through negotiation. Nigeria has developed a language called dialogue. So they should dialogue with the governors.”

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Source: The Nation Newspaper

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