- Crusoe Osagie says the defection of some appointees of Governor Godwin Obaseki is inconsequential
- The Edo state governor's media aide says the decampees are being swayed by money from the APC
- The aide further stated that those in support of the governor are undeterred by the movement of a few appointees
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The special adviser to the Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has dismissed as inconsequential, the recent defection of a few political appointees and other members of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, August 3, Osagie said the defection is easily traced to the monetised campaign of the opposition.
He alleged that the APC is “buying the souls of persons within government to boost the morale of their ebbing supporters.”
“In a government with over 800 aides spanning different structures from the local government areas to the state level, the resignation of a few persons after we have moved to a new political party is quite insignificant. So, they are inconsequential in the scheme of things.
“We are very confident that Edo people are with us in this fight. Some people may be battle-weary and decide to jump ship. We hold no grudge against them. We are undeterred,” he said.
Similarly, the leadership of the Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM) has described the purported resignation of 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 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.
Meanwhile, leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ovia north east local government area of Edo state have expressed optimism that Governor Obaseki and his deputy, will be reelected for a second term in office.
The leaders say Obaseki ought to be reelected on account of his administration’s sterling performance across all sectors of Edo state.
They also stated that they are anxiously waiting for the September 19 governorship election to win all their units for the PDP.
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