Ahead of the Edo State
gubernatorial election, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday suffered
a major setback, as its former chairman of Egor local government area, ward
chairmen, women leaders, youths and
other officials of the local government defected to the All Progressives
Congress (APC) with hundreds of their followers.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors,
former local government Chairman of the PDP, Hon Promise Igbinevbo described
the party as a leopard that never changes its spot because it lacks the
capacity to do so.
He said the PDP was not interested
in the development of the state, rather they want to further plunge Edo into
decay like they did years ago, alleging that the PDP leaders in the state were
self-centered and not people-oriented.
“With full sense of humility and
responsibility, I believe physically and tactically, we are all here to bury the
“I want to let you know that serving
ward local government leaders and executives across Egor local government area,
join forces with the Comrade governor and support the APC candidate, Mr Godwin
“I have to let you know, I don’t bow
down for people because of money, I bow down to people with heart of gratitude,
integrity. I want to let you know we bowed to Oshiomhole because of his
previous works in Edo State.
“Sixteen years of PDP, we are all
aware, in the state there was no road, no market, no school, no job, no
electricity, no hospital but when the comrade governor came on board,
“I am aware of their game plan but
it will not come to pass. I want to say I stand here to declare myself and my
followers to the APC and I want to let you know we trust the APC; they never
promise and fail,”he said.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who
received the defectors with the APC governorship candidate, Mr Godwin Obaseki,
described the defection as a season of planting, saying “the PDP is finished;
there is nothing left”.