The Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state and eleven members of the executive council have defected to the All Progressives Congress in Ukpato Ward, Orhiomwon Local Government Area of the State.
Members of the executive who decamped include: Isaac Osa, Secretary; Osamwonui Osifo, Assistant Secretary; Adudu Idemudia, Organising Secretary; Kenneth Idemudia Assistant Organising Secretary; Omorodion J, Youth Leader; Efosa Ehigiamusoe, Treaurer; Jimoh Ibizugbe, ex-officio; Osaro Assistant Treasurer; Geoffrey Erabor, ex-officio; Mr. John Asenanya and Mr. Uzoima Nwachukwu.
Mr. Vincent Awekhor, the leader of the defectors and Chairman, Ukpato Ward, who spoke on behalf of other members of the executive, applauded the leadership style of Oshiomhole and his people oriented projects in all the nooks and crannies of the state, Vanguard reports.
“We have watched political activities not only in the state but the federal and have concluded that Nigerians need a change and the change is coming from only one party which is the APC and because we do not want to be left behind, we have decided today to join the moving train that will bring the desired change to Nigeria,” he said.
According to the governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole, who received the decampees on Monday, this development has decimated the PDP in the state.
“Your journey is coming at a very strategic period. When the PDP postponed the elections, they wanted to buy time but as they buy time, they are losing people and as they lose people and they are losing more votes.
“I believe that God has a purpose for touching everybody’s heart who have joined the movement for change because people like you who live in the rural areas know much more than anyone else the pains of poverty, the pains of the failure of the Nigeria State.”
The governor assured those who were decamping of equal privileges in the party.
He stressed that they will not regret their actions and decision to join forces with the APC.