28 June 2011
Arch. Mike Onolemenmen was the former Minister of State for Defence and first cousin to the former Chairman,Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih. He is also from Uromi, in Edo Central Senatorial District with Chief Anenih.
His nomination has torn the party apart in the state which is an indication that the party could soon be engulfed in another round of crisis that may see several of the leaders either dumping PDP for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) or they will remain in the party and ensure further destruction of PDP.
Some of the leaders who have kept calm so far on the issue have done so because they do not want to offend Chief Anenih.
Their grouse is that in the heart of the crisis that engulfed the party during the Prof.Oseriemen Osunbor-led administration in the state, when the party was split between ex-military governor of defenct
, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia and Chief Anenih, Onolemenmen was never in the picture. Bendel State
Besides, the leaders of the party in Edo North and South, are querying why Uromi should produce the chairman of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Anenih, and also a minister when there are other qualified people in that senatorial district.
Again, Edo Central had produced four ministers in the past while the North has not produced any and that was why many thought that the position favoured either Prof. Julius Ihonvbere or Chief Dan Orbih.
However, going for him is the fact that no scandal was traced to him during his earlier ministerial stint. However, the hurdle is still not over yet for Onolemenmen because two senators from the state, Senators Ehigie Uzamere and Domingo Obende, are ACN senators. It may not be surprising if the duo team up with Governor Adams Oshiomhole to stop Onolemenmen knowing full well that he is Anenih's prodigy.
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