Comrade Philip Shaibu, Edo State deputy governor, on Friday received over 500 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from the six local government areas in Edo North Senatorial District of the state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The defectors, majority of Who are members of the ward executive of the APC in the senatorial district, the home front of the former national chairman of APC and a two term governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.
Shaibu, while receiving the defectors in Benin, pleaded with the defectors to be united and ensure that Senator Francis Alimikhena is returned to the Senate in 2023.
He said he was so excited to have reunited with majority of his supporters who have left the APC to join him in PDP.
According to him, I was one of those who fought for the change in APC but unfortunately, the change we envisaged has become something else for the fact that rather than changing to better the people and the system we found ourselves in quagmire.
“I am happy to reunite with my brothers and sisters. We have engaged ourselves on the streets during election before and after and I know your worth .
“So, reuniting with you today, plenty butterflies in my stomach. I am so excited. I am excited more when I listened to this invitation to come to Edo North to complete the movement of all the progressive people in APC to progressive PDP”, he said.
The deputy governor said Senator Francis Alimikhena is suffering the same fate governor Godwin Obaseki and himself (Philip Shaibu) suffered in the hand of Adams Oshiomhole.
He said Oshiomhole said Obaseki has no certificate and as such, cannot contest to be governor of the state for the second term.
He said God who vindicated the governor is still able to vindicate Alimikhena.
“What Oshiomhole did to us is what he has done to Senate Alimikhena. The God that delivered Obaseki and Philip when Oshiomhole drove us out, disqualified us saying we don’t have certificate, we certainly deliver Senate Alimikhena”, he said
Earlier, Mr. Lucky James said he was tired of the All Progressives Congress (APC) anti-party activities and that the broom has refused to sweep cleanly and thus decided to take shelter in the umbrella.
Speaking also, the Edo State chairman of the party, Tony Aziegbemi assured that the Edo North senatorial district is a must win for the party with the presence of the deputy governor who hails from that district.
He urged the party’s faithful to work hard stressing that the election cannot be rigged.
On his part, Senator Francis Alimikhena, representing Edo North senatorial district said the defectors were not coerced but moved to join the party (PDP) on their own volitions, just as he boasted that he was going to defeat Adams Oshiomhole hands down in the 2023 senatorial election.
According to him, the steam in Oshiomhole is gone and with the present situation of the country, APC is dead and buried in Edo North in particular and Edo state in general.