No fewer than 100 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, including four of the party’s top mobilisers in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, have defected to the All Progressives Congress.
Led by the party’s former youth leader in the council area, Mr Godwin Igbinosun, the defectors cited the performance of the APC lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Mr Dennis Idahosa, and the crisis in the state chapter of the PDP as the reason behind their defection.
The defectors were received by the APC chairman of the local Oscar Aghedo, in a rally that took place on Saturday at Okokuo ward, Ovia North East.
Igbinosun who spoke on behalf of the decampees, vowed to ensure the election of all candidates of the APC in the 2023 general elections.
The defectors who commended Idahosa for attracting Impactful projects to the constituency, pledged to continually support him in order to attract more developmental projects to the area.
He said, “We are not actually surprised with Idahosa’s performance because overtime, you have proven that yours is to ensure the general well being of the people.
“You demonstrated your move for the people when as a Commissioner, you shared your salary with the youths and women and have also supported the cause of the area without holding any political office.
“Now as a member of the House of Representatives, we have seen all that you have done across the 23 wards of the federal constituency.
“To ensure sustainability of these laudable projects and attraction of more, we have taken the decision to join you and your party for the general benefit of our people.”
Igbinosun said other defected PDP mobilisers, Peter Imasuen, Monday Olotu and Sunday Agbede, alongside their supporters, have all agreed that “Ovia will never go back to the dark days.”
In his response, Idahosa expressed optimism that with the enthusiasm displayed by the defectors, APC would emerge victorious in the 2023 polls.
The lawmaker who reiterated his commitment to promoting the interest of Ovia people, pointed out that he would continue to attract federal presence to the constituency.
“I am indeed happy with your commitment to ensure our party soars above others come 2023.
“I want to appeal to you not to see yourself as newcomers, but part of the process to ensure a better Ovia,” he stated.
Similarly, Chairman of the APC in the council, Mr Godwin Aghedo assured the decampees that they would be accorded rights and privileges enjoyed by other members of the party.