Tension in Edo As Obaseki’s Ally, PDP’s Ex-BoT Member, Rejoins APC, Details Emerge

Tension in Edo As Obaseki’s Ally, PDP’s Ex-BoT Member, Rejoins APC, Details Emerge

  • Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state has lost an ally, Charles Idahosa, to the opposition All Progressives Congress
  • The former commissioner for information in Edo state resigned from the PDP and announced that his biggest regret was supporting Obaseki
  • Idahosa said he was rejoining the party he left four years ago to ensure victory for the APC in the September 21 governorship election

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

An emerging report claims that Charles Idahosa, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo state.

Blow for PDP as influential chieftain dumps Obaseki, party, rejoins APC
Obaseki loses key ally to APC in Edo. Photo credit: Charles Idahosa, Governor Godwin Obaseki
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As reported by The Nation on Monday, May 12, Idahosa, an ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, resigned from the ruling party in Edo state, the PDP, on April 29.

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Charles Idahosa spills facts as he dumps PDP in Edo

The former chieftain revealed that his greatest regret while in PDP was not allowing Obaseki to resign three times as Edo governor when he opened up to him (Idahosa) in his Benin residence that he was tired of governing the hitherto volatile state.

As reported by Vanguard, Idahosa added that he encouraged Obaseki to continue as Edo governor while describing power as an intoxicant.

Idahosa, a former senior political adviser to a former Edo governor, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, spoke at his private residence in Benin while being issued APC’s membership card by the party’s chairman in Uhunmwonde local government area in Benin Kingdom, Osayemwenre Osawe.

The colourful ceremony was witnessed by a former Edo deputy governor, Dr. Pius Odubu and many other chieftains of the party, whose teeming supporters were drumming, singing and dancing.

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He urged members of the party (APC) to be united and keep their eyes on the ball.

Who is Charles Idahosa?

Idahosa, is a foundation member of APC, who joined Obaseki and others to defect from the party to the PDP on June 19, 2020, ahead of the September 19, 2020, governorship election.

The new APC chieftain has expressed optimism that the governorship candidate of APC in Edo, Senator Monday Okpebholo, would emerge victorious on September 21.

Edo assembly suspends 3 lawmakers

In another development, Legit.ng reported earlier that the Edo state house of assembly, on Monday, April 8, impeached Philip Shaibu, Obaseki's deputy.

Shaibu's impeachment followed the adoption of the report of the seven-man investigative panel set up by the assembly to probe allegations of misconduct against him.

It is also a culmination of the political impasse between the deputy governor and his principal Godwin Obaseki.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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