The National Chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Engr Sani Yabagi, has said the party has no pact with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Governorship election in Edo State.
The politician made this clarification yesterday in Abuja during a press conference at the party’s national secretariat in Asokoro.
Flanked by some other party leaders during the press conference, Yabagi told journalists the clarification became necessary in view of the news allegedly making the rounds that his party had collapsed its structures into that of the PDP ahead of the election in the state.
While urging Edo people in particular, and Nigerians in general, to ignore the speculation, he reiterated that ADP is in the contest to win, even as he disclosed the party’s candidate for the election, Iboi Emmanuel, and other party supporters are working round the clock to ensure party’s victory at the poll.
“We gathered from the press that a spokesman of the PDP announced that the state executive of ADP has collapsed its structures into PDP. It is a lie from the pit of hell.
“Contrary to the speculation, it is the PDP members that are talking to us because they don’t believe in the viability of Governor Godwin Obaseki, because even if he wins the forthcoming election they believe that Court will eventually decide who becomes the next governor of Edo state but we are confident of our viable candidate.
“ADP is ready and will win the forthcoming governorship election in Edo and Ondo states.
“We are ready in Edo state and all our structures are intact. We implore Nigerians to disregard some political jobbers who are not on our party’s register but claimed to have defected to PDP. These charlatans are never members of our great party abinitio.
“ADP has a credle candidate to run for the poll. We want INEC to know that. We are the credibile alternative. Both APC and PDP have ruled all these years and nothing has changed. We believe that ADP is that party everyone”, he stressed.
Also speaking on phone to the newsmen at the event, the ADP governorship candidate, Emmanuel said “already my party has up to 200 campaign teams across Edo State”.
He also urged Edo voters to ignore the claim of defection as claimed by some elements who, he said were not members of ADP.