- A legion of ADP supporters have defected to PDP ahead of Edo state election
- The defectors are from three local government areas of the state
- This means the reelection bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki has been handed a boost
The reelection bid of Godwin Obaseki has been handed a massive boost as hundreds of Action Democratic Party (ADP) members defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state.
It would be recalled that the Edo governor defected to PDP after falling down the pecking order of the political hierarchy of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Obaseki finally clinched the PDP guber ticket after a tough race highlighted by lawsuits and counter-lawsuits.
INEC, in a tweet on Tuesday, June 30, recognised the governor as the flagbearer of his party while also ratifying Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the APC candidate for the guber election to hold in September.
The electoral umpire announced that thirteen male candidates and one female will participate in the election amid ongoing preparation for the forthcoming poll.
Now, hundreds of ADP members have joined the train of Obaseki's teeming legion of supporters ahead of the state governorship election.
According to Vanguard, the ADP defectors are from Egor, Ovia Southwest and Ovia Northeast local government areas of the state.
The defection has now made the Edo state governorship election a two-horse race with Governor Obaseki and Pastor Ize-Iyamu, both familiar political foes, being highlights of the election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that APC has set wheels on the fast lanes in the latest bid to conquer Edo state again as the ruling party's bigwigs are set to hold a meeting where they will map out plans and strategies.
The gubernatorial election in the south-south state is scheduled to hold on September 19 and all political parties have been trying to outsmart one another.
Top echelons of APC including governors elected on the platform of the party and some national leaders will meet in order to plot victory for the party's flagbearer Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Among those expected to grace the meeting are some members of the Ize-Iyamu campaign council led by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state.
APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is also billed to be in the meeting which will see strategies unleashed against the election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
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