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Husband to Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, Prince Odianosen Okojie, on Monday led hundreds of his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressive Congress (APC), at Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Other leaders alongside Okojie, included the PDP leader in Ward 2, Mr. John Ehiaguina Iyoha, Chief Ase of Uromi Kingdom and Mercy Johnson’s father in-law, Chief Okojie.
The defectors were received by the APC leader in Esan North East, Prince Joe Okojie and APC chairman in Uromi, Mr. Vasco Agui.
Speaking after his defection, Prince Odianosen, said he left the PDP because it is now a sinking ship.
Odianosen said he decided to unite with his relatives in the APC to ensure victory for the party in future elections in the locality, adding that those who made Esanland a stronghold of the PDP are now in the APC.
“I was a member of the PDP. I joined politics to deliver and develop people in the locality. The PDP is now a sinking ship and I am not the captain of that ship. I had to run away from the sinking ship because of what Governor Obaseki is doing.
“Obaseki has a good vision for the state. He has rolled out his development plans and by the time he finishes, Edo State will be something else and I want to be part of that team. It is people in Esanland that made PDP. We are going to reverse it and deliver votes for the APC in all elections.
“The people of Uromi know me, I will keep doing what I have been doing to make them happy”, he declared.
On his part, his father, Chief Okojie, assured APC supporters and leaders that elections in Ward 5 would now be a walk over for the APC.
According to him, “My son and I came for something good for the APC. It is for peace to reign. There will be progress and development with the APC.”
Presenting the broom, which is the symbol of APC to the defectors, Prince Joe Okojie, assured them of equal treatment, saying “there are no new comers to the APC”.