Big Trouble Ahead As Edo Residents Call For Resignation Of SSG; Obaseki Flirts With Dissolving State Exco

Posted on June 2, 2024

OSIGWE OMO-IKIRODAH 

Would the PDP ever survive its consistent crises and scandals in the eyes of the public? The Edo elections are fast approaching, and it’s either one blunder after another or deliberate miscalculations. Whatever the case, there is indeed big trouble ahead for the PDP.

The recent call for the resignation of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barrister Osarodion Ogie, has added fuel to the fire, raising serious questions about the legality and morality of his dual role as an appointee and the PDP’s deputy governorship candidate. This controversy, coupled with Governor Godwin Obaseki’s rumored plans to dissolve his state executive council, paints a picture of a party in crisis.

Legal and Moral Questions Surrounding the SSG

The heart of the controversy lies in whether Barrister Osarodion Ogie can legally and ethically maintain his position as SSG while pursuing his deputy governorship ambitions. Critics argue that as an appointee, Ogie should not be actively campaigning for an elective position. This dual role is seen as a conflict of interest, potentially compromising his ability to perform his duties impartially.

The uproar began as a murmur among concerned citizens but has since gained significant traction on social media and in public discourse. Many residents view this situation as not only legally questionable but also morally indefensible. They believe that Ogie’s campaign activities interfere with his responsibilities as SSG, leading to calls for his resignation.

Widespread Public Outcry and Political Maneuvering

The public’s dissatisfaction has led to multiple petitions being filed with various agencies, including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Department of State Services (DSS), and the police. These petitions urge the authorities to intervene and address the perceived conflict of interest, underscoring the electorate’s demand for transparency and accountability.

At the same time, Governor Obaseki faces his own set of challenges. Reports suggest that he is considering a major shake-up of his cabinet due to poor campaign performance by his commissioners and appointees. I’m of party members to the APC, which have been increasing at an alarming rate. Notable recent defections include the brother of the state chairman of the party and Nosa Adams, another well-known local person.

Potential Risks of Cabinet Dissolution

However, the decision to dissolve the cabinet at this critical juncture could backfire. Such a drastic measure might provoke backlash from within the party and result in protest votes against Obaseki’s chosen candidate, Asue Ighodalo. Many view Ighodalo as an outsider and are skeptical of his ability to represent their interests effectively.

Obaseki is at a crossroads, trying to balance the need for competent electioneering with maintaining party unity. His recent appointment of a new deputy governor, who has been well-received in certain areas, suggests a strategy to bolster grassroots support. Yet, the governor’s dilemma remains: should he prioritize immediate electoral gains or maintain stability within his administration?

The PDP’s Existential Crisis

Amidst these internal struggles, the PDP faces an existential crisis. The party’s ability to survive this turbulent period hinges on its response to these challenges. The constant crises and scandals have eroded public trust, and without decisive action, the PDP risks fading into political oblivion.

As we await Obaseki’s next move, one thing is clear: the PDP needs urgent intervention to regain its footing. The upcoming elections will be a litmus test for the party’s resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. Whether the PDP can navigate these turbulent waters and emerge stronger remains to be seen.

 

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah, Principal and CEO of Bush Radio Academy, captures the essence of this political drama. As the situation unfolds, all eyes will be on Edo state, watching how its leaders and parties maneuver through this period of intense political maneuvering.

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