- Intrigue and drama continue in Edo APC's politics
- Both the governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, have left the ruling party
- The APC is now bereft of two powerful pillars ahead of the gubernatorial election in Edo
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Just like Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy, Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, June 16, declared that he has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Shaibu disclosed his decision just a few hours after his principal, Obaseki announced his defection from the ruling party, The Nation reports.
These developments are coming at the heels of the disqualification of the Edo governor by a screening committee of the Edo chapter of the party set up Adams Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the APC had claimed that it has no official notice or knowledge of the recent defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo from the party.
Responding to questions on the governor's decision to leave APC, the ruling party's national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, told journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16, that there was no record of the development so far.
Issa-Onilu said: “We cannot comment at this moment on media reports suggesting the Edo governor or anyone else has left our great party.
“The party has no record of the reported defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki from the Progressive party.”
In another report, Obaseki claimed that Adams Oshiomhole, his predecessor and APC national chairman, had no money when he contested the governorship election in 2007.
The current national chairman of the ruling APC, however, challenged the outcome of the election in court and was declared winner one year later.
Speaking with newsmen after submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms for the 2020 governorship election on Wednesday, June 3, Governor Obaseki said he not only helped Oshiomhole into power but also made sacrifices to ensure he emerged national chairman of the ruling party.
The embattled governor of Edo state said it is wrong for people to say he betrayed Oshiomhole. “In life, everybody gets helped, everybody gets assisted. The person you talked about (Oshiomhole), he had no money when he left labour to contest. We knew what we did to make him Governor,” he said.
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