Following the gale of defections and threats of more members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to quit the party, a chieftain of the party, Hon. Charles Idahosa, yesterday pleaded with aggrieved members not to dump the party.
He said despite the fact that majority of the party faithful and leaders are not happy with the situation of the party under the watch of governor Godwin Obaseki, however said those who are strangers will be the ones to leave the party.
It would be recalled that last week a chieftain and a major financier of the party in the state defected with over 5,000 members to the PDP.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday in Benin City, Idahosa said the party must work towards exceeding the 46 per cent President Muhamadu Buhari got in Edo State in 2015 especially now that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the national chairman of the party.
He said, “Nobody should start threatening that we want to leave because we have a lot of work to do considering the fact that the President of this country, Muhammadu Buhari is doing very well. Whether kings are dying or queens are mourning, Buhari is coming back as president of this country come 2019.
“We took this state from the clutches of dared devil politicians when we were in opposition and to God be the glory I was the political adviser to Adams Osiomhole for eight years, it was not all smooth.
, we fought battles, we won two elections in this state from the opposition how come now that we are in government, people are decamping from the ruling government to opposition, it is a big shame.
“Our son, Adams Oshiomhole is the national chairman what shame will it be if he succeeds in doing all the job in 36 states of the federation and Edo State is in disarray? So leaving the party that we are going to decamp is not the issue. You cannot leave this party for anybody because it is not their property when we voted. Did you see anybody’s name in the ballot paper? There is no Independent candidature here. Some people come to Edo State for politics for different reasons, we are home boys.
“All these things we are seeing is temporary and not enough to destroy the party.”
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