By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin city
THE wind of defections blowing across the country has once again berthed in Edo State, the home state of the National chairman of the All Progressive Congress, ( APC), Adams Oshiomhole, as some notable members of the ruling party today dumped the party for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The latest defectors from the party with their supporters are former PDP Woman Leader for Edo state, Mrs. Lucy Omagbon, a top member of the party, Mr. Lawrence Oboh, Mr. Harrison Omagbon and a host of others.
The latest defections is coming on the heels of a passionate appeal by a former Senior Political Adviser to the APC National Chairman, Mr. Charles Idahosa who called for restraints from members threatening to leave.
Idahosa, who spoke in Benin had advised the party faithful to stay and resolve their differences instead of leaving for strangers and move in anger to the rival PDP.
The former APC members in their separate speeches, agreed that the ruling party has failed Nigeria and left with no other choice than to quit and join the PDP.
Mrs. Omagbon, a former Commissioner of Education, told the horde of supporters that she left the PDP for the APC because of problems within the ranks of the opposition party.
She however added that it was ironical that the problems she met in the APC were a child’s play compared to the monumental problems of the PDP.
Amidst solidarity songs, Mrs Omagbon who was a former council chairman between 2013 and 2016, said that she was quitting with her supporters, and like the biblical prodigal son going back home to the PDP.
She said: “When I left the PDP it was because of some problems but the problems in APC are a child’s play compared to that of the PDP. We have been holding meetings and consulting.
“Today, we decided to leave the APC for the PDP. I am not decamping but only going back home.”
Oboh amplified Mrs. Omagbon, insisting that it was obvious that the ruling party
was only out to inflict pains on ordinary Nigerians and its only achievement is the successful distribution of poverty to Nigerians.
Present at the meeting were the PDP Edo governorship candidate in the 2016 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, former Chairman of Oredo, Mr. Mike Ehima, the party state publicity secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare and a host of others.