The wind of defections blowing across the country has once again berthed in Edo State, the home state of the factional National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, as some notable members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) have dumped the party for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The latest defectors from the party are Mrs. Lucy Omagbon, a former council chairperson, a top leader of the party, Mr. Lawrence Oboh as well as Mr Harrison Omagbon with thousands of their supporters spread across the Edo South senatorial district.
The latest defections are coming on the heels of a passionate appeal by a former Senior Political Adviser to the APC National Chairman, Mr Charles Idahosa who called for restraints from members threatening to leave.
Idahosa, who spoke in Benin had advised the party faithful to stay and resolve their differences instead of leaving for strangers and move in anger to the rival PDP.
The former APC members in their separate speeches agreed that the ruling party has failed Nigeria and left with no other choice than to quit and join the PDP.
Mrs. Lucy Omagbon, who was also a one time Commissioner of Education, told the horde of supporters that she left the PDP for the APC because of problems within the ranks of the opposition party.
She, however, added that it was ironical that the problems she met in the APC were a child’s play compared to the monumental problems of the PDP.
Amidst solidarity songs, Mrs Omagbon said that she was quitting with her supporters and like the biblical prodigal son going back home to the PDP.
She said: “When I left the PDP it was because of some problems but the problems in PDP are a child’s play compared to that of the APC We have been holding meetings and consulting.
“Today, we decided to leave the APC for the PDP. I am not decamping but only going back home.”
Oboh amplified Mrs. Omagbon, insisting that it was obvious that the ruling party was only out to inflict pains on ordinary Nigerians and its only achievement is the successful distribution or poverty to Nigerians.
Present at the meeting were the PDP Edo governorship candidate in the 2016 election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, former Chairman of Oredo, and the State Vice Chairman, Edo South, Mr. Mike Ehima, the party state publicity secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare and a host of others.