Anenih, other PDP chieftains can’t win elections in Edo, says Airhiavbere

By Tony Ehighiale, Benin 

A former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party during the 2012 general election, Major-General Charles Airhiavbere has said that chieftains of the party such as Chief Tom Ikimi, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Chief Tony Anenih cannot win the September 10 elections for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. Airhiavbere who was reacting to the red card issued to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the All Progressive Congress in Edo State urged the PDP leaders to stop toying with the emotions of Edo people. 

He said it was unfair for Chief Ikimi to say former President Goodluck Jonathan was an anti-party leader for allegedly ensuring the success of Governor Oshiomhole in 2012. 

Airhiavbere noted that the leadership structure the PDP leaders were used to has changed. 

The former PDP candidate said the Edo PDP leaders were jokers to think of defeating Governor Oshiomhole and the APC in the elections because “They are going to  have me to deal with”. 

He lambasted Chief Ikimi for referring to the new general hospital as a glorified clinic when he (Chief Ikimi) was paid N350m as a consultant to design the hospital. 

Airhiavbere urged the PDP leaders to bow their head in shame after being part of a government that rule and ruin the state between 1999 and 2007. 

According to him, “I was the candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship elections. For Pastor Ize-Iyamu and Tom Ikimi to say former President Jonathan is an anti-party leader is unfair. They were unfair to Jonathan as a president of this country and a leader of the PDP as at that time.” 

“We have reached a stage where PDP leaders should stop toying with the emotions of Edo people. Ize-Iyamu emergence as PDP candidate is dead on arrival. How can the PDP win elections here when it can abandon its candidate in 2012”. 

“In 2011 and 2012, Chief Tony Anenih told the public that he sold his house to lead the governorship campaign but today it is in the public glare that Jonathan sent money for that elections. I was an orphaned at the tribunal up to the Supreme Court. I know the role the leaders of the party played during my elections.”

“They sold Oshiomhole to the Edo people four years ago because of their inordinate ambition. Today, they are not talking about Edo people, they are talking about how Oshiomhole betrayed them. It was because Oshiomhole did not agree with them to give Ize-Iyamu the ticket.”

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