Edo Election 2024: Shaibu, Ogbeide-Ihama Join Forces with APC, Details Surface

Edo Election 2024: Shaibu, Ogbeide-Ihama Join Forces with APC, Details Surface

  • Former PDP governorship aspirants Philip Shaibu and Hon. Omoregbe Ogbeide-Ihama have merged their political structures with the APC
  • The two PDP chieftains previously contested for the PDP ticket but lost to Asue Ighodalo
  • Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah, Director of the APC new media campaign committee, confirmed these donations

Edo state-As preparations for the Edo state gubernatorial elections slated for Saturday, September 21, gather momentum, two former governorship aspirants from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Philip Shaibu and Hon. Omoregbe Ogbeide-Ihama, have integrated their political structures into supporting the All-Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.

Reports have it that both former governorship candidates had made significant contributions to the APC campaign council as part of efforts to support their governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo. Shaibu.

Shaibu, Ogbeide-Ihama join forces with APC
Shaibu, Ogbeide-Ihama join forces with APC Photo credit: @adeyanjudeji/@Jmartinsijere
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The impeached deputy governor, and Ogbeide-Ihama, a former two-time house of representatives member, had both contested for the PDP ticket but lost to Asue Ighodalo.

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Donations made to APC

Shaibu donated over 50 Toyota Sienna buses, music trucks, and his campaign secretariat office to the APC’s Okpebholo/DENCO Campaign Organization.

Ogbeide-Ihama contributed a fully equipped campaign office, both strategically located in Benin City to serve as central hubs for coordinating APC’s campaign activities and engaging with voters.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah, Director of the APC New Media Campaign Committee, confirmed these donations, emphasizing their potential impact on the political landscape.

The participation of these prominent PDP leaders, each with substantial followings, indicates a significant shift in the party’s efforts to reshape Edo State’s political scene.

He said:

"Shaibu and Ogbeide-Ihama’s endorsement of the APC is expected to prompt other PDP members to reevaluate their stance, potentially boosting support for our party."

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Omo-Ikirodah highlighted that this development represents a critical juncture in Edo politics, showcasing the rising momentum behind the APC and its agenda for progress and development.

He added:

"As the PDP contends with these notable defections to the APC, we are strengthening our position and generating unprecedented momentum."

Edo Guber: Obaseki's brother dumps PDP

In another report, Benjamin Obaseki, another prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo state, has decided to leave the party.

Benjamin, who is a relative of Governor Obaseki, was a member of Ward 10 and a former official of the Oredo Local Government chapter of the party.

This was contained in a letter dated June 12, 2024, addressed to the local government chairman of the party, Obaseki expressed his resignation with deep regret.

Source: Legit.ng

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