October 14, 2014.
By: Ibrahim Olalekan
The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday received four thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who defeted to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally in Ikhobha-Okha Local Government Area.
According to The Nation newspapaper, the defectors were led by a former secretary to the local government and ex-secretary of the PDP, Onaiwu Ugbogbo, eight PDP ward chairmen and over 300 executive committee members.
The defectors noted that they joined the party because the government came to their aid when their communities were ravaged by erosion. They said further that their stay in PDP was long due because they were being deceived but now, “the time has come for a change that will benefit all of us and the change and comfort we have found in the APC.”
Governor Oshiomhole, who received the defectors, asserted that there will be no imposition of candidates on the party. He said candidates would emerge through transparent and credible primaries.
He said: “Whoever you choose, we will support he persons and ensure victory for the party. I want to assure you that it will be one man, one vote.”
The governor, who spoke further on the Saturday’s attack in the House of Assembly quarters said the PDP and its leaders could be likened to a snake that had been cut and which would eventually die.
“They got police support and went to legislative quarters with firearms and wanted to kill our assembly men. What is their anger? They went to collect money with a promise that they will take over the House of Assembly. They got here and they got stuck, contrary to their calculations. We have shown that we are totally in charge.
“We have got our budget for 2016 signed while other PDP governors are still struggling to have their budgets together. Having seen that they cannot achieve what they wanted, they started making trouble. We moved our people from Ring Road and so, they decided to resort to killing. While they do things in the name of people, we do things in the name of God.”