EDO LP HOLDS PARALLEL CONGRESSES
THE crisis-ridden Edo State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) at the weekend announced the emergence of Sam Omede as its state chairman barely one week after a faction of the party announced the retention of John Ogbeide as the state chairman of the party.?
The congress, which returned Ogbeide last week had the national chairman of the party, Dan Iwuayanwu, in attendance but a statement by the Omede faction signed by its publicity secretary, Austin Odigie, claimed that they had 16 out of the 18 local council leaders of the party behind them.
The statement quoted Omede as assuring his members that the party would work hard to win seats in the forthcoming general elections and urged all party members to go to their wards and work hard so as to achieve success.
'This is a new Labour Party in the state and our mission is to fight for all positions and bring this party back to the limelight. We are going to operate according to the rule of INEC and the constitution and we urge all party members to join in the campaign for one man, one vote being championed by Governor Adams Oshiomhole. We will ensure that we give him all the support he needs to succeed in our state', he said.
Omede further thanked the former executive members of the party for their 'pioneering leadership' and urged Ogbeide to 'play the role of a party elder by ensuring that there is no division in the party'.