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Edo Election: Ex-PDP BoT member join APC

A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Charles Idahosa, has joined All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.

Idahosa, who is an ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki resigned his membership of PDP on April 29.

He revealed that his greatest regret, while in PDP, was not allowing Obaseki to resign three times as Edo governor when he opened up to him (Idahosa) in his Benin residence that he was tired of governing the hitherto volatile state.

He said he encouraged him to continue as Edo governor while describing power as an intoxicant.

Idahosa, a former senior political adviser to a former Edo governor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, spoke at his private residence, off Airport Road, Benin, while being issued APC’s membership card by the party’s chairman in Uhunmwonde local government area in Benin Kingdom, Osayemwenre Osawe.

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The colourful ceremony was witnessed by a former Edo Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu; the National Women Leader of APC, Dr. Mary Alile; and her husband, Pius Alile, a chieftain of APC;  as well as Edo Secretary of APC, Lawrence Okah; and many other chieftains of the party, whose teeming supporters were drumming, singing and dancing.

Idahosa, a foundation member of APC, who joined Obaseki and others to defect from the party (APC) to PDP on June 19, 2020, ahead of the September 19, 2020 governorship election, expressed optimism that the governorship candidate of APC in Edo, Senator Monday Okpebholo, would emerge victorious on September 21.

He urged members of the party (APC) to be united and keep their eyes on the ball.

PDP’s former BoT member declared that the party (PDP’s) standard bearer in Edo, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, a Lagos-based lawyer, would not be able to get 80 per cent of the votes, as earlier boasted by Obaseki, his main backer, while insisting that Okpebholo, the representative of Edo Central Senatorial District, would succeed Edo governor on November 12 this year.

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Idahosa described Samuel Ogbemudia as the best Edo governor while stressing that his return to APC was not to contest the election or accept political appointments.

He pointed out that he would not be a threat to members of the party, while stating that nobody should be worried, as he was determined to support APC members and other Edo electorate, for Okpebholo to be the next governor of the South-South state.

 

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