An executive member of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Oshodin Izedomwen and 105 members have been reportedly defected to Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State.
This is coming after the incumbent governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki defected to PDP from All Progressives Congress.
The ADP defectors are from Egor , Ovia South West, and Ovia North East Local Government Areas of Edo.
Oshodin Izedomwen, the ADP Organising Secretary in Edo while leading other 105 defectors said that the defection was part of their belief in the capacity of the PDP.
He said he was a founding member of the PDP and that he left the party because of some persons , whom he described as “strange bedfellows ” who came to join the PDP.
He explained that the other defectors and himself had now returned to the PDP because the “ strange bedfellows had since left the party and added that interest is all that matters in politics.
Edo governorship election is slated for September 19 and Obaseki , who is the PDP candidate , will face Osagie Ize- Iyamu of the APC.
Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has finally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ending the much anticipated move after been disqualified by All Progressives Congress to contest for the coming gubernatorial election in the state.
This took place on Friday in Benin, the state capital.
Obaseki was received at Edo Secretariat of PDP by National Vice Chairman, Southsouth of the party, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, who was accompanied by Edo PDP chairman Dr. Tony Aziegbemi; members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and some chieftains of the party.
Obaseki declined to speak with reporters at the end of the ceremony.
The Governor was not accompanied by his deputy, Philip Shaibu but it was gathered he would be at the secretariat in Benin for formal defection later on Friday.
The three screened and cleared governorship aspirants of PDP in Edo Kenneth Imasuagbon, Gideon Ikhine and Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama have vowed not to step down for Obaseki.
They said they will slug it out at the primary where indirect mode would be used on June 23 at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin
Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor has announced that he has not moved to any party yet following his earlier declaration of dumping All Progressives Congress.
The governor, who made this known via his Twitter handle , said his priority at the moment is to curb the spread of the life- threatening coronavirus disease .
Recalled that Obaseki had been reported to have dumped the All Progressives Congress following his disqualification from the June 22 governorship primary in the state .
He announced the decision to State House correspondents after a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday .
The governor said he would pursue his ambition for second term in office on another platform
The Governor and Deputy Governor of Edo State have resigned their membership of the All Progressives Congress.
Their resignation were made public via a press statement by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, on Tuesday
The statement alluded to the outcome of the APC primaries in the state is the chief reason for the resignation. In the statement, the Governor and deputy Governor accused the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole of attempting to subvert the will of the people for the interest of a few.
The statement said his resignation letter was addressed to the Ward Chairman, APC Ward 11, Etsako West Local Government Area.
Recall that the party’s National Working Committee, had announced the disqualification of Obaseki’s on June 13 at during an Abuja news briefing.
According to Oshiomhole, the NWC had reviewed the two reports, which he reckoned that the that members of the committees were unanimous in their decisions which made the verdict convincing enough.
The appeal panel, headed by Prof. Abubakar Fari also upheld the outcome of the screening committee, while presenting the report to Oshiomhole at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has slated Sept. 19 for the governorship poll in Edo.
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has said that his disqualification from the primary election in Edo State was an unjust act by the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC).
He made this known via his Twitter handle after the APC Screening Committee announced that he is ineligible to contest.
The governor made this known via his tweeter handle where he asked his supporters to remain calm and wait for the next directive. He also faulted the bases for the disqualification by the APC Screening Committee.