Eight Former PDP Council Chairmen, Defect to APC in Edo

Adibe Emenyonu in Benin-city

Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, eight former local government council chairmen have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), pledging their support for the party and to work for its victory.

They are John Osi Akhigbe, former Etsako Central Local Government Area chairman; Dr. Josie Ogedegbe, Igueben; Frank Ilaboya, Owan West; Andrew Osigwe, Owan East; Napoleon Agbama, Uhunmwonde; Scott Ogbemudia, Ovia North East; Austin Okoibhole, Esan North East, and Mrs. Ruth Osahor, Esan West.

The ex-chairmen, who were previously in the APC but defected with Governor Godwin Obaseki in 2020 to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were received at the Benin-city residence of the leader of the party, Senator Adams Oshiomhole in company of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo; his running mate, Dennis Idahosa, and the acting state Chairman of the party, Emperor Jaret Tenebe.

Receiving the defectors, Oshiomhole said: Oshiomhle said: “On behalf of our state chairman, the APC family, and the governor in-waiting, Senator Monday Okpebholo, and his deputy, Hon. Dennis Idahosa, I am very honoured this morning to receive my men – these are people who God used me to mobilise into ACN and now APC. Some of them have played very critical roles in governance when I was the governor. Some of them were local government council chairmen.

“Like every family, we sometimes have misunderstandings or communication gap or even there’s share temptation and they had cause to leave, but today, they’ve come to inform us they are moving back home.

“The good news is that this house is so large with so many rooms and a big living room that can accommodate everyone as it has accommodated all of us today without much planning -no logistics is involved and no hiring of canopy.

“So, for me, I am excited that these young men have chosen to return back home and we’ve all resolved to receive them as if they never left before and they will enjoy all rights and privileges that members of APC enjoy.

“For those who have the obligation to join us in the current project to ensure that through free and transparent election, this great state, the heartbeat of Nigeria returns under the governance of APC with Okpebholo, who’s a distinguished senator that was transparently elected last year as the next governor of this state and off course Dennis Idahosa, who was elected and re-elected. These are not strangers to ballot boxes; they are products of ballot. And all they need is to spread that influence across the state to re-kick-start the progressive politics of APC that guided my action when I was governor and continue from where I stopped. I am excited and happy about this today.”

Speaking on behalf of the defectors,  Ilaboya said: “This is homecoming because I know what you did for me, and where I am today is where you put me. So, coming back home is special and I feel that too for all of us here. We are your children, and we want to continue with your vision, and for the people driving this project, I can assure you that we are going to work with them to make sure this project is realised in flying colours.”

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