Joseph Ado, a prominent chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from Edo North, has expressed his disappointment and disagreement with Governor Bala Mohammed, the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. Ado’s criticism is in response to a recent statement credited to Gov Bala Mohammed, in which he claimed that there was no rancour in the PDP Congress held two weeks ago in Edo State.
Mr. Ado finds it disheartening that Gov Bala Mohammed would make such a statement, considering that the Congress was previously condemned by the Senator Seriake Dickson panel of enquiry as flawed and one-sided. It is perplexing to Mr. Ado how Governor Bala Mohammed can overlook such glaring evidence and assert that there was no rancour during the Congress.
In Mr. Ado’s view, a true leader ought to stand by the truth and not be partisan, even when trying to show solidarity with fellow governors. He firmly believes that the paramount concern should be the unity of the party. By disregarding the valid concerns raised by nine out of ten aspirants who participated in the Congress and vehemently condemned its flawed nature, Gov Bala Mohammed is failing in his role as a leader within the party.
Furthermore, Mr. Ado also expresses his doubts regarding Governor Bala Mohammed’s potential Presidential ambition. He believes that by supporting such a flawed Congress, Gov Bala Mohammed has demonstrated his inability to gather the necessary support for his Presidential ambitions. Mr. Ado firmly asserts that relying on the backing of Governor Godwin Obaseki will prove to be futile.
As a dedicated member of the PDP and a stakeholder in the Edo North region, Mr. Ado calls on Governor Bala Mohammed and other party leaders to prioritize the party’s unity above personal ambitions and affiliations. The PDP must foster an atmosphere that is fair, transparent, and inclusive in order to strengthen its position ahead of upcoming political challenges.