- The APC is gaining political traction in Edo ahead of the governorship election in the state
- More supporters and associates of the governor are returning to the party fold
- The latest entrant into the APC is Prince Emmanuel Odigie, who also announced his resignation from the Edo state government
An erstwhile ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, Prince Emmanuel Odigie, on Thursday, July 30 announced his resignation from the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission (EDOSOGPADEC) and his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) together with his supporters.
Odigie who hinted about his exit from the Edo state government recently declared his support for the APC and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The governor’s special adviser, Hon. Bright Njor of Ugbeka Ward 03 also resigned his position.
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The duo said they will now be working relentlessly to ensure the emergence of APC and Ize-Iyamu as governor of the state in the resignation letters they sent in.
In the letter, Odigie explained that the lack of issue-based campaign and lack of human face of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state was the reason he left.
In a statement sent to journalists, Odigie said: “Godwin Obaseki appears to be an over-ambitious man and an ambitious man is a desperate man and a desperate man is a very dangerous man.
“If you are not supportive of his election bid he is ready to take on you. He has demonstrated it again and again. He started with Oshiomhole, he deployed Edo taxpayers’ resources to fight Oshiomhole, mobilised people from Benin to Abuja to protest.”
He lamented that the APC, a party that fought for the governor and gave him the ticket, was the same party he tore apart.
“Fourteen members of the House of Assembly, he refused to swear in. The National Assembly, the national leadership of APC, state chapters, traditional rulers, everybody appealed to the governor, ‘swear these people in’. He refused to listen to anything,” Odigie lamented.
On governance, Odigie said that Obaseki is not a transformational leader, noting that “that was a mistake Edo people made.”
“You must know somebody before you vote that person into an exalted office. We didn’t know him, APC didn’t know him. Even Oshiomhole who showed him to the people because of his goodwill didn’t know him. The people bought into Obaseki. He is not accessible,” he alleged.
Recall that an official of the Obaseki/Shaibu Movement in Edo state, Patrick Iyoha, recently resigned his appointment from the campaign group.
Two other officials from the campaign group, Pastor Gabriel Oiboh and Osanyemwere Osawe also resigned prompting rumours that the governor is fast losing grounds ahead of the election.
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