- Governor Obaseki lost one major support on Sunday, August 2 after Emmanuel Agbaje, Rep member for Akoko-Edo II declared support for Ize-Iyamu
- Agbaje said the Obaseki administration has starved his constituency of amenities and benefits and so, cannot continue in office
- Earlier, Obaseki's cousins had declared support for the APC candidate Ize-Iyamu as well
The campaign of Governor Godwin Obaseki to retain his seat in the oncoming Edo election has suffered another setback after he lost a major supporter to his opponent.
The House of Representatives member representing Akoko-Edo II constituency, Emmanuel Agbaje, jumped ship, declaring support for Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to a report by the Voice of Nigeria, Agbaje announced his decision after a meeting with constituents at Igarra in the Akoko-Edo local government area of the south-south state on Sunday, August 2.
The federal lawmaker accused the government of failing to deliver on promises to his constituency and also starving the area of needed amenities and benefits.
Agbaje, who was full of praises for former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the current system of governance under Obaseki cannot be allowed to continue.
He said: “The opportunity is that we get a change; a new system that will now bring out better governance that will benefit all of us. So the choice is for our people and I know that we are not foolish.
“They say they did roads in Akoko-Edo and the World Bank did roads for us.
“We are happy even though the standard of those roads are nothing to write home about, because they are almost being washed away.
“I want to appeal to all of us, as I will not stick my neck into projecting this same system that has tied everybody’s hands."
Legit.ng reported earlier that Governor Obaseki lost the support of two family members ahead of the governorship election.
The family members, Osaro Obaseki and Victor Obaseki are both cousins of the Edo governor who have chosen to pitch their tent with the governor's rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
But the people in Ovia north east local government area of the state have expressed optimism that Obaseki and his deputy Shuaibu will be reelected for a second term in office.
PDP leaders in the area said Obaseki ought to be reelected on account of his administration’s sterling performance across all sectors of Edo state.
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