- Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:56
- Written by Palmer Ogheneyole Nathaniel
The Senator representing Edo Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, and former Minister of Solid Minerals, Sen. Odion Magnus Ugbesia has been appointed as the Director General of Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial
Campaign for the July 14 2012 Governorship election.
Ugbesia, a two term Senator and former PDP gubernatorial Aspirant is known to be a staunch loyalist of the former Chairman; board of Trustees of PDP, Chief Tony Anenih
In another development, Traditional Rulers of Esan extraction has thrown their weight behind the candidature of Gen. Charles Airhiavbere of the PDP.
The Royal Fathers made their position known recently at the Palace of the chairman of the Council of Traditional Rulers (Enogies) in Esanland (Edo Central Senatorial District) and Enogie of Uromi, His Royal Highness Amselm Zaiki Aidojie II.
The endorsement, which took place upon the presentation of Airhiavbere to the council by the former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees and Iyasele of Esanland, Chief Tony Anenih was graced by over 18 Enogies and top PDP Chieftains.
Anenih, who was in company with leaders of the party in the state, including the state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih; Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolenmemen; former Minister of Defence, General Godwin Abbe (retd); Senator Odion Ugbesia; Honourable Friday Utulah and former Senate Chief Whip, Senator Roland Owie, among others, called on politicians in the state to embark on campaigns that would promote respect for rulers and elders as well as deepen unity.
“We play politics with respect to traditional rulers and elders. So, my elders, I need your blessings (for Airhiavbere) not only today, but also for tomorrow and after the elections.”
The traditional Rulers however beared their minds one after the other before the Enogie of Uromi summarised their resolution.
They noted that since the Otaru of Auchi and other traditional rulers in Edo North are rallying support for Comrade Oshiomhole, their son, they are left with no choice but to stand behind a candidate presented to them by their illustrious son, Chief Tony Anenih who happened to be Gen. Charles Airhiavbere (rtd).
They offered their prayers to him while also calling on him to rally round his own people (the Binis) so as to boast his chances of emerging victorious at the polls.