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PDP Chieftain, Charles Idahosa Reveals His Political Regrets



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PDP Chieftain, Charles Idahosa made this revelation while having a chat with Journalists to mark his 68th birthday anniversary.


According to him “I was home and dry in 2003 to go to the senate; I already had my blueprint, I know what I wanted to do and I discovered that 90 percent of the people that contested with me at that time didn’t even know what were the functions of a senator or what the National Assembly meant, I had the support of the whole of Edo South leaders but the powers that be then summoned us to the sitting room of one big leader of the PDP at that time and changed it.

The one million naira I paid for the form, uptil this moment, they have not refunded it to me and they just said no primaries. They said the president is interested in giving it to one particular person and I said President of Nigeria? Where is his interest in Edo South? But they said I should shut up so without primaries, the person went, it is all history now, nothing came out of that tenure.

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They wanted me to sell out an agreement we had already reached between Orhionmwon and Uhunmwode federal constituency, saying that I should become a member of the House of Representatives when it was not our turn because we agreed it should be rotated between the two local government areas every eight years, I turned it down, that was a very low point. 

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Another low point was when I wanted to run for governorship of Edo State, I knew it would be impossible in the PDP haven had Lucky Igbinedion from Edo South for eight years so I worked with other people outside Edo State to form a new party which was ACD at that time led by one Alex Anielo and a few others. I rented the Secretariat along Airport Road, funded it, paid salaries; Oshiomhole had gone to PDP, had gone to Labour Party, went round other political parties and eventually berthed in ACD which had become AC, the powers that be again called him that he should come and take the ticket. We went for the primaries, I won but they changed the result and said that he won but they put pressure on me that I shouldn’t bother, that was another low point, I felt very bad but the rest is history. 

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