The story have not been told of why Senator Ehigie Uzamere renounced his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and dumped his ambition to govern Edo State.
On March 20, the governorship aspirant of PDP resigned his membership of the party barely two weeks after the state congresses.
Senator Uzamere, who was in the senate between 2007-2015, the only senator from the Edo South senatorial district who had spent two terms in the senate, since the creation of the state, disclosed he was quitting PDP for good.
Though the reason for his resignation was not stated in a letter he sent to the national leadership of the party, but it was learnt he was not happy with the way and manner the PDP was being run in the state particularly with the recent congresses of the party in the state.
He was said to have expressed dissatisfaction and fear that the party has been hijacked by a cabal.
However, in a statement signed by the senator announcing his resignation, he stated that after due consultation with his family and political associates, he decided to withdraw his membership of the PDP.
Senator Uzamere, speculated to be a leading contender for the party’s governorship ticket, though he never formally made his declaration, left with controversy trailing his resignation. Senator Uzamere first won election to the Senate in 2007 on the platform of the PDP and made history when he won re-election in 2011 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
He, however, did not follow through with other members of that party to join the All Progressives Congress in 2014, rather he returned to the PDP, a party whose ticket he famously denounced as having lost value like the then Zimbabwean dollar.
In his letter withdrawing his membership of the PDP on March 20, Uzamere said: “I wish to thank the leaders of the PDP at the national, state, local government and ward levels for their unflinching support and provision of platform for my first term as senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Edo South Senatorial District (2007—2011).
“I also wish to thank the leaders of the ACN, as it then was, for their unflinching support and provision of platform for my second term (2011—2015).
“My heartfelt appreciation goes to the general electorate of Edo South senatorial district for giving me their mandate for eight years, the first of its kind in Edo South senatorial district.”
This paper gatheted that Uzamere may have left PDP because his chances of realizing his ambition was very slim.
Being a miser, who does not spend except absolutely necessary, he felt going further in his governorship ambition would put a hole in his pocket, so the best option was to put down his ambition.
However, The Street Journal learnt that Uzamere may have been frustrated out of politics after his attempt to return to APC was rebuffed by Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was gathered that when he was dampened by the way the PDP state Congress was screwed against him, he made efforts to go back to APC, the party he denounced in 2014, the Governor was said to have pointedly told him that he was welcomed.
In a letter written to his constituency, February 2014, Uuzamere said he was leaving APC, because the party had refused to integrate him fully, and he was treated like a conquered territory.
“A dispassionate analysis of the above questions would reveal a grand deception against Benin people never before known in our political history. Let us say no to this grand deception. Our people are considered good only for crumbs or left overs (called Izobo). “That is why they are given petty contracts. What a humiliation for a people with a rich heritage of industry and resourcefulness. We must reject the Izobo treatment because it is criminal and ungodly to starve the goose that lays the golden eggs. We refuse to be treated like a conquered people”, he said.
He stated further, “I like to emphasize that the ACN to which I belonged is defunct. I will not join the APC because its aims, objectives and philosophy are inconsistent with the socio-economic and political interests of our people.
“My dear people of Edo South, with the foregoing arguments and consequent upon a broad spectrum consultation with political leaders across parties, opinion leaders, youth bodies, religious leaders, traditional rulers, etc, I have decided to return to the PDP to be able to arrest the subjugation of our people. My decision to return to PDP is predicated upon certain truths as I have discovered as of today, the legendary Mahatma Gandhi founder of modern India once remarked “truth is not inimitable, I will continue to follow the truth as God make me see it from day to day”
A sources said, the death of his political mentor, who back rolled his first election to the Senate in 2007, former Governor of Bayelsa State, the late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, was also factor in Uzamere’s decision.
“You know her s mentor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, is dead. If he was alive I am sure, he would have contested. You know Oga does not like to spend money or risk anything he is not sure of, if Alamieyeseigha was to be alive, he would contested because for sure he would have supported Uzamere financially and morally”
Efforts to speak with the former senator was not successful as repeated calls and SMS sent to his mobile line were not returned.