EDO GUBER 2012: PDP, LP IN SECRET TALK
Less than six months to the Edo 2012 governorship election in the state, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party have been holding a series of secret talks on how to wrest power from the Adams Oshiomhole-led Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2012 governorship election.
A chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), Chief Imuse Albert, who spoke to Daily Sun hinted that both parties were working closely to ensure PDP regained her prime of place in the state come 2012 election.
'The political atmosphere in the state had changed and time is no longer on our side, we have an uphill task ahead of us, so the earlier we settle down to work now the better it would be for us. Already, some members of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) are working out plans to see how we can tackle the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the governorship election. In Nigerian political arena, it is not always easy to beat an incumbent governor, but I want to assure you that if we put our house in order and adopt the right candidate, beating ACN will be an easy task.'
He maintained that Chief Tony Anenih, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia and Admiral Mike Akhigbe both of the PDP are not involve in the meeting, that it is solely a youth affairs drawn from the 18 local government areas of the state.
'To be able to fight ACN in 2012 election, we need a strong force made up of mainly youths, because they are the masses, that will determine who leads them. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders and Labour Party (LP) have not attended our meetings, but they must have been told about it. The general view people have about Labour Party is that we don't have a base in the state, I think such politicians would be deceiving themselves, Labour Party is as strong as PDP and ACN in the state and we are ready to work with the progressives in order to move the state forward.'
He explained that the group in their last meeting unanimously adopted Kenneth Imasuagbon as their candidate.'For the purpose of accountability, good governance and transparency, we unanimously adopted Kenneth Imasuagbon as our candidate and we are ready to give him full support at the primaries to ensure that he becomes the PDP flagbearer.
And we are also in the process of reconciling some aggrieved factions of both the PDP and the Labour Party, so that we can speak in one voice come 2012 election. We would not entertain imposition of candidates on us. The people's will must be seen to prevail.'