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Confusion in Edo PDP as group suspends Ikimi, Oghiadomhe, Dokpesi, others



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There is confusion in the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as a group, PDP Integrity Group on Monday announced the suspension of a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi; a former Chief of Staff to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe from the party over alleged anti-party activities.

Also suspended are the Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Senator Yisa Braimoh, Senator Victor Oyofo and a former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Tunde Akogun.

In a communiqué jointly signed by a former Chairman, Nigeria Football Association, Jarret Tenebe and a former chairman, Owan West Local Government Area of the state, Dan Asekhema, after a stakeholders’ meeting held in Benin, the group passed a vote of confidence in the Chief Dan Orbih-led PDP in the state.

The meeting, which was attended by the PDP leaders across the 18 local government areas of the state, further stated that the state executive council and the ones in the 18 LGAs would be given six months extension to enable them to conduct the governorship primaries in the state.

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“We, the Edo PDP Integrity Group, also announce the adoption of a former governor of the state, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, as the leader of our party in Edo State,” the group said.

However, reacting to the development, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said he was not aware of any group that goes by the name PDP Integrity Group, adding that whatever statement that had been released or issued by the group should be disregarded.

He said: “We frown on their audacity to suspend or even say they are suspending respected leaders of our party especially as they lack such powers.

“They are not members of any organ of our party and as such cannot issue statements or releases on behalf of the PDP.”

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