Edo PDP Chairman’s Cousin, Ex-Commissioner, Others Exit Party Ahead of Governorship Election

Clement Aziegbemi, cousin to Edo State PDP Chairman Dr. Anthony Aziegbemi, has resigned from the party. Alongside him, Abbas Momoh Jega, a former lawmaker and ex-commissioner under Governor Oserhiemen Osunbor, also announced his departure.

Joining the exodus are Monday Ihama, former Chairman of Ovia South West Local Government Area Council and ex-PDP State Secretary; Kemi Aimufua, former Chairperson of Ovia South West and past aspirant for Edo State House of Assembly; and A. Adeche, former youth leader of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area.

These resignations come just four months before the September 21, 2024, governorship election in Edo State. The defectors cited internal division and disunity within the PDP as their primary reasons for leaving. In his resignation letter dated May 30, 2024, Clement Aziegbemi highlighted the ongoing crisis, attributing it to PDP gubernatorial candidate Asue Ighodalo’s preference for collaborating with new members over loyal supporters.

Aziegbemi, who also served as a spokesperson for the PDP candidate, criticized the party’s leadership for sidelining loyal members in favor of newcomers, undermining their contributions. He warned that this approach could jeopardize the PDP’s chances in the upcoming election.

Jega, in his resignation, lamented the alleged deception and disregard within the party, stating that the PDP had transformed from a disciplined organization into one lacking respect and discipline. He recalled unmet promises from the governor during the 2020 campaign, further fueling his decision to leave.

Reports indicate that several prominent PDP figures are resigning from the party and joining the All Progressives Congress (APC), signaling potential shifts in the political landscape ahead of the governorship election.


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