James Ibechi

PDP to boycott Igede political summit

By James Ibechi

Oju and Obi stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, resolved on Monday in Makurdi that the party would not participate in the planned Igede Political Summit.

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he resolution which was contained in a communiqué signed by both Chairmen of Oju and Obi LGA chapters of the PDP, Hon. Atujo Oko and Hon. Bulus Ogbaji Ikpechi, was issued at the end of a joint meeting of the two chapters of the party in Oju/Obi federal constituency of Benue State.

The joint stakeholders meeting was held at Hotel Bobec, Makurdi.

The party cited lack of locus standi on the part of the summit organisers and wrong timming as chief reasons they would boycott the summit.

The communiqué states inter alia: “after a painstaking deliberation, we, the entire stakeholders of the PDP in the constituency, have resolved as followed.

” We note that a group known as Igede in 2023 Movement is organising ‘Igede Political Summit’ scheduled to hold on November 27, 2021.

” We, the entire stakehokders of the PDP in Oju/Obi federal constituency, note that the Igede in 2023 Movement has no locus standii to organise the purported summit on behalf of Igede as a nation and the political class in particular.

” It is only the political leaders, in particular, the elected political office holders, that have the right to organise such a summit.

” We note with dismay that the summit date of Novermber 27, 2021, conflicts with the date of the annual convention of Omi’Igede, which is the supreme socio-cultural umbrella body of Igede nation.

” We have, therefore, resolved not to participate in the summit.”

The Zonal Chairman of the party who doubles as state vice chairman, Hon. Godwin Owulo, presided over the meeting that was held at the instance of the chairmen of the two LG chapters of the party, Hon. Oko and Hon. Ikpechi.

Oju and Obi LG chairmen, Hon. Clement Onaa and Mrs Agnes Erebe as well as House of Assembly Members representing Oju II and Obi state constituencies, Hon. Okanga Okponya and Hon. Peter Onche, were in attendance.

The roll call also included Prof John Ibu, Chief Ode Enyi, Chief Ode Ageh, Dr. Eru Emmanuel, Rt. Hon. Ode Omirigbe, Hon. Alicia Eru, Hon. Ire Mathew, Engr. Okpe Onah, Hon. Alex Igwe, Hon. Ode Igbe, Hon. Ikala Onah and Emmanuel Oko.

Others were Mrs. Felicia Idoko, Hon. Ogbu Margaret, Rt. Hon Egbiri Idaah and Hon. Peter Ijoto Otis, among others.

It will be recalled that Igede in 2023 Movement, a pressure group, recently announced its plan to hold the Igede Political Summit in Oju LGA on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

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