Obaseki’s PDP hit by defection 10 days to election

Oshiomhole leading the APC ward-to-ward campaign receives PDP defectors today
Oshiomhole leading the APC ward-to-ward campaign receives PDP defectors today

By Joy Odigie/Benin

A former member of the Edo House of Assembly, Mr Paul Odaro, on Tuesday led defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Uhunmwonde Local Government Council of the state to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

At the APC ward-to-ward rally at Eguaholor, Odaro said their defection was hinged on the alleged unfulfilled electoral promises of Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

He said he had been a PDP member since 1999 but decided to dump the party due to the neglect of his ward by the Obaseki-led administration.

Odaro said although Obaseki hails from from his council, Obaseki did not carry out any project there.

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor decried the neglect of infrastructure and development in the area by the Obaseki administration.

Oshiomhole stated that it was more worrisome that even the water fountain at the King’s Square in front of Oba’s palace could not be maintained by the governor.

He said it was disturbing that the governor was shutting down tertiary institutions and refusing to employ teachers in public schools, thereby denying the people qualitative education.

The former governor, therefore, urged the people of the area to vote for the APC in the Sept. 19 election.

The campaign team also visited Ehor and Eyean communities, also in Uhunmwonde, where it canvassed for votes for its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.


  1. I hope my people will not vote for Iyamu because it will be a one chance bus. He is already de-marketed by Oshiomhole who said we could not and should not be trusted by our people with the state purse. This is very recent enough and he is also having fraud case in court. If Oshiomhole likes the state and it’s people as he wants us to believe then he should have supported someone who can be trusted with Edo state funds.

  2. It has been said that PDP/Obaseki do not have the foundation in Edo Politics talk about the governorship candidate who can not manage Edo State House of Assembly members. Obaseki could not inaugurate the state house of assembly, he run the state as his father’s property, he plan, budget income and expenditure without a viable house of assembly and one idiot will support him for another years. Only a fool can vote Obaseki and PDP to continue destruction in Edo State. Obaseki murdered politics in Edo State, his main activities is to fight his opponent who are against him by telling him the fact.

  3. Leaving the people’s party, PDP for the APC is a non-issue according to Edo state political pundits. For one, his body language for some time now had revealed that he was only in the PDP waiting for the prime time to join the opposition where he has been promised some mouth watering largesse should he decamp to the party. But, unknown to Oshiomhole and his political godson Ize-Iyamu, Odaro is a political paper weight who had never contributed anything worthwhile to the political fortune of the PDP. The PDP is for those who want to serve the people and not for chop chop politicians.

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