- The Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) has reacted to the news of the defection of one of its members
- The group said the official who defected is not one of its front line members
- The state coordinator of the movement, Hon. Eigbe Osezele Samuel, said the official is only misleading the public
The leadership of the Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) has described the purported resignation of Mr Patrick Okoudoh Iyoha, as the state director-general of the group, as false.
According to the group, the move is baseless and a ploy to fraudulently obtain money from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The group stated that Ize-Iyamu is known for giving out funds to decampees to score worthless political points, hence the rush of some individuals to the APC.
In a statement by the state coordinator of the movement, Hon. Eigbe Osezele Samuel, the OSM said it has no position of a state director-general, stressing that Iyoha is only misleading the public.
Part of the statement read: “Patrick Iyoha is not a frontline member of OSM. He joined the movement months after its inauguration as a board member.
“It is simply a cheap attempt by Mr Patrick Iyoha to defraud the opposition who is quick to give out funds to decampees to score worthless political points.”
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, Chief Dan Orbih has said that the state “is not the property of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”
Orbih, a former chairman of the PDP in Edo made the comment in Benin, the state capital on Tuesday, July 21.
The PDP chieftain who is also the zonal chairman of the PDP south-south, was speaking at the inauguration of the party's campaign council in the state.
According to him, Governor Godwin Obaseki deserves a second term in office, saying that he has performed very well.
In a related development, a cross-section of senior Benin chiefs on Sunday, July 26 rejected efforts by Oshiomhole to get their support for Ize-Iyamu.
The immediate past national chairman of the APC was seen recently in pictures kneeling before the chiefs and seeking their support for the party's governorship candidate in the forthcoming poll.
The chiefs, however, refused to give their support to Ize-Iyamu, but instead advised him to try out his luck at the poll.
According to the chiefs, their traditional duties to Edo people, irrespective of the political parties they belong, restrain some of them from campaigning for any candidate.
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