Over one thousand, five hundred defectors from the People’s Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party have declared their support for Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the September 10 Edo gubernatorial elections.
The defectors from Ibie, Okpella and Okpekpe made the declaration when Obaseki paid a visit to different wards in Etsako West and East Local Government Area of Edo state yesterday.
One of the defectors, Hon. Peter Okonoghe, Coordinator – Edo North People’s Forum and former member of the PDP, said he could no longer belong to a divided house where their priority is about sharing the people’s wealth.
Also speaking, Hassan Eragbe, who was former LGA secretary to SDP, said that the party is dead and can’t proffer solutions to the problems of the state, hence his support for the APC and Godwin Obaseki’s candidacy.
In Eragbe’s words, “The SDP is dead in Edo State; I was formerly in the party and I can assure you I have closed that chapter. Under the APC government, we have seen good roads, good schools and good governance, and we want it to continue with Obaseki as Governor.”
Speaking on behalf of Edo professionals from the area, an Etsako-based lawyer, Jafara Dugute stated, “We are not ingrates; we have seen what has happened in the last seven and half years. So the elites in this area have mandated me to assure you that we are coming home to vote Obaseki as our next governor because he is the brain box of the APC government today.”
“Obaseki is the road and we are going to support you to the end, we will mobilize our people to vote for APC and I can assure you that, by the special grace of God, we are going to deliver our wards 100 percent”.
The APC flagbearer, Obaseki – together with his running mate, Hon. Philip Shaibu and other party leaders – assured the defectors that they will be carried along in the affairs of the party, noting that the work that was started years ago by the APC led government needs to be continued, and promised to build more roads and schools with major focus on human development.
In Okpekpe, Obaseki said, “I like this town very much. Every year, we come for the Okpekpe race because we have done roads, built schools. Hon. Philip and I were part of that development, and we know what we are supposed to do. We still have a lot to do in Okpekpe, we will build more schools and also build the Ibie – Okpekpe – Agenebode road.”
“Hope is coming; we are bringing work, we have constructed roads and opened up the area, and we are going to invest in agriculture in this area. We will empower the women, build the markets and give the women loan to start and support their businesses.”
At Agenegbode, Obaseki remarked, “You have not seen anything yet! The great works of the Comrade Governor here is only just the beginning; by the grace of God, we will do even greater things for the people. Our government will be sweet for you!”