The Esogban of Benin kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, a retired journalist, politician and Chairman of Benin Forum had accused President Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of removing former Minister of State (Works), Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, from his ministerial appointment and replacing him with his enstranged wife from Anambra state, Princess Stella Oduah.
Thereby, causing severe criticism, that the Benins will not vote President Goodluck Jonathan in the 28 March, 2015 Presidential election, but will vote en-masse for candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)
He lamented that the action of the President broke the home of their son, as well as depriving the Benins of ministerial slot, for which reason Benin people will not vote for him.
The declaration by the Benin High Chief has however generated rift among members of the forum who on Tuesday gave him a 12-hour ultimatum to resign as chairman of the forum.
The forum at an emergency meeting attended by Prince S. Ebuwa, Prince (Dr) Francis Omo-Osunde Iyasere, Col. Edward Igbinidu (rtd) representing retired Benin Military Officers, Lawrence Igbinosun and Lucky Osahon (Patriot) members in the Diaspora, United Kingdom, asked Chief Edebiri to resign as chairman within 12 hours.
A statement by the Media Director of the forum, Mr. Osamwonyi Osagiede for the concerned members, said that Chief Esogban’s resignation was necessary to pave way for the proper management of the forum in accordance with its Constitution.