Thousands of members of the Alli Modu Sherif faction of the PDP in Edo State have defected to the APC.

Led by its governorship candidate in the 2016 election, Matthew Iduoriyekenmwen, the member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor in the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, former member of the State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku and several others decamped.
 
Iduoriyekenmwen said he saw sincerity in the state government, just as he commended former Governor, Adams Oshiomhole for a laying a foundation for development.

“You all know that I resigned from the PDP since September 2017 and I decided to watch and see. I wanted to be governor of the state and if you have somebody that is doing what will do and even doing it better, you have to join him.

"We believe that our children must have education, government must make life meaningful for the people, I see sincerity in this government, I see sincerity in Governor Obaseki, I see that he doesn’t need distraction, we think that all we can do is to join him ion developing the state.

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"Those of us that will have opposed him, we said we will join him to make the state better so whether you like it or not, Edo state is now a one party state, I want to thank Oshiomhole for providing the leadership”

On his part, Agbonahinma blasted the PDP leaders for making impunity and lack of adherence to rule of law their watchword.
 
While addressing the crowd, Oshiomhole urged Nigerians not to despair, as the President Muhammadu Buhari government continue to lead the country out of the present challenges confronting the economy.

“We have secured Edo, now we must advance to Delta, we must take more brooms to Asaba and sweep to Warri so that the resources of Delta will be used for the people of Delta state.”
    
“I have faith in Nigeria, we must stop the looters; if there is no pain, and there will be no gain. Today’s pain will bring gain tomorrow. Say no to those who are preaching religious as a means to divide us. We have secured Edo state and we will advance.”
   
While welcoming the defectors, who had been received by the state chairman of APC, Anselm Ojezua, Governor Obaseki said they are all one with the APC with the common purpose to drive the state towards growth and development.

“We don’t have new joiners; they are part of us; no difference no demarcation, new comer, everybody is the same.”

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