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Obaseki urges PDP members to embrace peace

Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State governor, has said that the only way for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to become victorious in the 2023 general elections is to resolve all disagreements across all chapters within the party.

The governor, who addressed PDP members drawn from national, state and zonal executive committees of the party, in Benin City, on Sunday, called on all members of the party in the state to unite so as to resolve all squabbles within the party.

Obaseki said the meeting became imperative following the party’s defeat at the just concluded Ekiti State governorship poll, in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Biodun Oyebanji, won the election. He said in order not to repeat the Ekiti episode in the presidential election come 2023, the PDP must unite, settle differences among members and bring everyone together.

“We have gathered here today to seek peace in the PDP as this is the only way to win the presidential election come 2023. The internal wrangling is the only thing that can stop us as it has stopped PDP in Ekiti State.

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“If we sue for peace in the party, we will certainly find one. We should try to resolve the internal wrangling within the party as no court case can bring peace unless we sit together to resolve our quarrel.

“Our aim is to be in power and to be the ruling party. Our collective interest should be our major focus, not our selfish interest which is at the root of the crisis of the party,” Obaseki said.

He, therefore, appointed Lucky Igbinedion, a former Edo State governor, to chair the peace committee of the party in the state.

“He will select three notable leaders of the party in the three senatorial districts of the state to work with him in the next 30 to 60 days to try to resolve all the issues in the party,” Obaseki said.

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