- Edo assembly speaker, Okiye, has said he has not thought of resigning from APC
- Okiye said this following the defection of the state governor, Obaseki, and his deputy, Shaibu
- The duo resigned following the APC's disqualification of Obaseki from its forthcoming primary election
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The speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Frank Okiye, says he has not thought of resigning from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Sun reports that Okiye said this on Tuesday, June 16, while answering questions from journalists shortly after the ceremony marking his one year in office as the speaker.
Legit.ng gathers many have been expecting his defection as a mark of solidarity with Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who have both dumped the party.
The duo resigned following the APC's disqualification of Obaseki from its forthcoming primary election.
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki's spokesperson, Crusoe Osagie, said the Edo state governor may return to the APC.
Osagie said this after Victor Gaidom, APC deputy national secretary, declared himself the acting national chair and cancelled the screening which led to Obaseki’s disqualification.
However, Abiola Ajimobi, the officially recognised APC chair, has reversed the purported cancellation of the screening by Giadom.
Also, Nigerians, via a social media post by Legit.ng have advised Governor Obaseki on what to do after his disqualification by the APC.
Many cautioned the Edo state governor from defecting to the PDP while others said joining the lead opposition party is the best move for him.
Though he has announced his resignation from the APC, Obaseki is yet to disclose his next political move.
Daniel Ajayi said he would advise Obaseki to remain in APC despite his disqualification.
He said: "I would advice him to remain in APC! Reason, he should study the case of Ameka Uwosu at supreme court that you can't be a candidate of two different political party in one election.
"Going by this judgment he cannot be a governor through PDP or any other party in this context. He's already a contestant in APC having purchased expression of interest and also undergone screening. He should be wise!"
On the contrary, Isobo Cotterell advised the embattled Edo governor to join the PDP.
Cotterell said: "I would have advised him to let go like ex-gov Ambode. But you see we must start to begin to change the status quo politically.
"To let go would mean maintaining the wrong and faulty precedence set by these political godfathers which demands absolute loyalty to a few individuals at the expense of the generality of the people they are voted to serve.
"Therefore, I sincerely encourage him to fairly negotiate his way into the PDP and pitch his tent with the PDP and not any other opposition party.
"The PDP is the only opposition party currently that has a well organised and formidable structure that can give the ruling APC a fair contest in Edo.
"Your disqualification baring you from contesting in the APC primary to me is injustice and justice must be used to answer injustice through the ballot."
In a similar development, the Edo state House of Assembly has been closed for 14 days amid the rising political tensions in the APC.
However, the assembly’s acting director, administrator and supplies, Stephen Guobadia, said the shutdown was due to fumigation.
Guobadia asked all members of the house to stay away until the fumigation exercise is completed. He, however, urged them to remain active with their mobile phones to aid communication.
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