News emanating from The Nation newspaper has it that over 700 members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ovia North East local government area of Edo state.
Hon Friday Ighodaro, an APC leader in Ovia, announced their defection at a campaign rally of the PDP which held at Okada, hometown of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin Kingdom.
In his words, Ighadaro said he led the defectors who were from various communities in Ovia North East, because the ruling party, APC ‘is a one-party’
Other leaders of the APC who defected with their supporters were Stephen Osagie, Ifeanyi Okolie, Iredia Samuel and Peter Igbinedion.
Barr. Omosede Igbinedion, a lawmaker representing Ovia federal constituency, while receiving the defectors said her father, Chief Igbinedion turned Okada village into a town and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the PDP, will turn it into a city.
She urged the people to show the ‘short man’ (referring to Governor Adams Oshiomhole) that he failed them through the ballot papers.
Present at the campaign rally to show support for Pastor Ize-Iyamu, were seven PDP members in the House of Representatives.
They were minority leader, Leo Ogor, Hon Uzoma Abumka, Hon Ladi Adekoto, Hon Sambo Garuba, Hon Oghene Ego and Hon Tunji Soyinka.