PDP 192 Ward Chairmen Set To Decamp If N 10M Agreement Is Not Fulfilled in 48 Hrs As Obaseki Kicks.
There is tension currently brewing in Edo State PDP as the 192 ward chairmen of the party have resolved to defect to the APC if Obaseki fails to fulfil his agreement of giving each ward chairman 10 Million Naira for mobilization.
At the wake of Obaseki’s cross over to the PDP, there was a gentleman’s agreement with Obaseki that 10 Million each should be disbursed among the ward chairmen for them to begin appropriate mobilization for the coming election.
The ward chairmen initially frowned at Obaseki for doling out over 20 Billion Naira to the PDP NWC for the party’s ticket.
The chairmen wondered why such a huge amount of funds was disbursed to the NWC members who are not resident in Edo and have no single electoral value to the polls.
They threatened a walkout from the party and only desperate appeals from Wike who apparently made a U-Turn after labelling his colleagues’ Tax Collectors could make them have a rethink.
Wike reached out to the ward chairmen personally through the PDP South-South Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih to prevail on the local party leaders to exercise a little patience with the party as it was evidently clear that campaign funds were yet to be disbursed.
This promise assuaged the ward leaders and the benefit of the doubt was accommodated.
But recent events in the PDP seems tensed as the ward chairmen have demanded a fresh notice of 48 hrs to Obaseki to release the promised 10 million or should forget about heir support.
In a caucus meeting of the State PDP ward chairmen which was held today in Edo Central, it was agreed that the mobilization has nothing to do with the party since Obaseki has already settled the National and State leadership of the party with over 20 billion Naira.
They claim they are the ones currently taking the heat on the streets and the party leaders with little or no electoral value are feeding fat from Obaseki.
They warned Obaseki to immediately pay them their agreed 10 Million each or else they would publicly dump Obaseki and work openly with Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
See how one of the top caucus ward chairman was quoted as saying.
“This is a very wicked case of you work Elephant work them pay you Ant money, Obaseki spent well over 20 Billion in watering the grounds for his eventual crossover and not a single penny got to the local government not to even mention of the wards.
Obaseki promised us our own fair share of 10 Million for mobilization and till now nothing has been heard from Obaseki, the other time it was Wike who prevailed on us to calm down hoping that things will change.
Now they have launched the campaign without putting us into consideration, we have sent our message across in 48 hrs if we do not receive alerts then it is bye-bye to Obaseki, we are not mincing words here when we say we shall dump the PDP for APC.
While sending our message across we individually attached our Bank Account details failure to HEAR GBAGAM of ten million in 2 days time would spell the final doom for the party.”
The ward chairmen are responsible for the coordination of the party members at the grassroots level.
They are regarded as the eye of the party at the grassroots level.
Meanwhile, reports reaching our news desk from Obaseki’s political family has it in good authority that Obaseki is kicking against their rebellion but instead, he has directed the aggrieved ward chairmen to the PDP.
“We settled all the bargains with the PDP from the NWC down to the ward chairmen, if it happens they have not received their 10 Million each then they should be patient till when the party would begin disbursement of the funds, this has nothing to do with His Excellency, they should channel their grievances to the State Exco who would, in turn, take up their case from there.
This is a developing story as more details to follow