- A former chief whip of the Nigerian Senate between 1999 and 2003, Roland Owie has defected to the PDP
- Owie says he chose to rejoin the PDP, the party that he calls home because it is the hope of the masses
- The former federal lawmaker also declared his support for the PDP candidate in the oncoming Edo Election, Godwin Obaseki
A former Edo senator, Roland Owie, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in the south-south state.
Owie represented Edo South Senatorial District at the red chamber in Abuja between 1999 and 2003.
Premium Times reports that Owie announced his defection at his hometown Ilobi-Isi in Uhunmwonde local government area.
He said his decision to rejoin the PDP was because the party, which had once lost its way, was now the hope of the masses.
"Impunity came into the PDP, the leadership became abusive and vindictive, and all we were hearing was `no vacancy in government house’, `no vacancy in presidency’, to the extent that a sitting governor was registered," Owie noted.
He added: “PDP is the hope of the masses and we will ensure that its mandate of ensuring that all citizens have equal access to opportunity and resources is fully achieved. This mandate will be achieved in Edo and it will be achieved in Nigeria."
Owie urged his followers to join hands with him in support of the PDP candidate in the oncoming Edo election, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He said: “I call on all our supporters to rise up today and lift with me the symbol of our pride — the Umbrella, an exemplar of royalty in the Benin Empire — and march shoulder to shoulder in our typical heroic step from the land of our ancient past to a glorious future for our state and country.”
Legit.ng notes that Governor Obaseki has been garnering support from the likes top local politicians Owie and other political parties ahead of the elections.
The political battle for the September elections got tougher recently when some political parties merged with the PDP in a bid to gain the heart of the state.
No fewer than 35 registered and de-registered political parties partnered with the opposition party to give its governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, another shot as the governor of Edo state.
The political parties including Social Democratic Party (SDP), Kowa Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), United Progressive Party (UPP), and others pledged their support to the PDP and Obaseki for a second term.
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