The dream of General Airhiavbere (rtd) to capture the Edo State Government House received a boost last week with the integration of the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion into his campaign.As National Mirror reliably gathered yesterday from the state capital, Benin City, Igbinedion’s intergration into the activities of the opposition party, has resulted to hundreds of party members, supporters, followers and voters swelling the support base of the PDP flag bearer.
It would be recalled that Igbinedion’s suspension from the Benin Traditional Council by the Oba of Benin, Uku Akpolokpolo since 2008 which was lifted last week was greeted by endless joy and appreciation.
Igbinedion was formally and properly introduced last Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium when Vice-President Namadi Sambo led the PDP National Campaign Committee for the Edo State 2012 governorship election to Benin City for a rally. Before then, he had been invited to the Presidential Villa as one of the 60 constituency leaders that were recognised and invited by the PDP national leadership for a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja.
But inspite of the full integration of Igbinedion into the Edo PDP and the campaign of Airhiavbere, questions have continued to trail the real position of the family of the patriarch as it regards the governorship.