Ex-Edo Speaker, Francis Okiye, Rejoins APC from PDP

By Milcah Tanimu

Former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, has returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Okiye made this move official on Sunday, May 19, during a large rally in the Edo Central Senatorial District, where thousands of his supporters from Esan West, Esan Central, Esan Northeast, Esan Southeast, and Igueben Local Government Areas also joined the APC.

Okiye, who had resigned from the PDP on May 10, 2024, announced his rejoining of the APC while emphasizing the importance of votes in a democracy. He stated that his shift to the APC is significant and described it as a “minus” for the PDP.

“Many politicians from PDP and Labour Party (LP) joined the APC on Sunday in Esanland. Prior to today (yesterday), we met, discussed and asked Governor Godwin Obaseki-led PDP government in Edo State to address the issues of alienation, disillusionment, high-handedness, and despotic tendencies. Nothing was done about our requests. So, we the ‘aborigines’ in PDP decided to give Obaseki-led PDP a red card,” Okiye stated.

He highlighted that his move to the APC would benefit the party significantly and expressed his intention to campaign actively for APC’s governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo. Okiye criticized the PDP’s standard-bearer, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, asserting that Ighodalo is no match for Okpebholo, whom he described as a grassroots politician likely to win the upcoming election on September 21 and succeed Governor Obaseki on November 12.

Okiye’s return to the APC signals a significant political shift in Edo State, with his supporters and other disillusioned PDP members joining him in backing the APC.


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