Defection hits APC in Edo state as Bob Izua, others move out
Abavo Kingsley, Benin
The tsunami of defection that swept across the political parties in the past weeks with the ruling All Progressives Congress been the hardest hit, has landed in Edo State, home of the National Chairman, comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
APC Chieftains Chief John Osamede Adun a.k.a Bob Izua and Hon. Harrison Omagbon led members of the kwankwasiyya Movement within the Reformed APC in Edo out of the party on Thursday.
Chief Adun is Chairman of the Kwankwansiyya movement in the State, and Omagbon coordinator respectively.
Addressing newsmen in Benin City, Mr Omagbon, said their decision to dump the APC was after, “critical evaluation, discussions, due consultations and reviewg the unfolding political events in the country.
“We wish to inform the state leadership of the APC that…the 589, 137 members of the Kwankwansiyya movement from the 192 wards in Edo State hereby resign from the APC with immediate effect today 9th August 2018”.
Though the group did not indicate the party they are headed, Omagbon said leaders of the movement headed by former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso, would decide.
But there are indications that they may be heading to the PDP.
Sources disclosed that no less than eight members of the State House of Assembly are among those that have dumped the APC.
Present at the press briefing were a former APC National Assembly member for Ovia Federal constituency, Engr. Isaac Osahon, former APC chairman for Orhionwon local government in Edo state Mr Mathew Ehigie, and former council Chairman for Ovia Northeast local government Mrs.Lucy Omagbon.
However, speculation is rife in town about a proposed enlarged meeting of the APC national Chairman, comrade Oshiomhole with members aimed at addressing all grievances in effort to stem the tide of defection in Edo.
Members murmur about neglect by the governor, Godwin Obaseki and a section of the party’s youths led by Tony Adun a.k.a Kabaka have openly threatened that they may be forced to work against it in the coming elections.
The worsening standard of living occasioned by biting financial strangulation suffered by citizens across the country seems not to be helping matters.
Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s reaction
In reaction, Governor Obaseki has denied the allegation that he frustrated the defectors out of the APC.
His denial was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, by his Special Adviser, Media, and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie.
“The focus of Governor Obaseki is governance and getting the dividends of democracy to the ordinary Edo people.
“While he holds every member of the political party in high esteem, his first loyalty is to the Edo masses.
“They are the ones whose mandate he carries and they always come first.” The media aide said