- The wind of defection blowing across the country may have landed in Edo state
- Eight lawmakers in the state House of Assembly of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have threatened to defect to other political parties
- The national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, have reportedly waded into the matter
A report by This Day indicates that eight lawmakers in the Edo state House of Assembly have threatened to defect to the other political parties.
According to the report, the planned defection of the eight lawmakers, is because they were not sure of getting the APC ticket for the 2019 general elections.
A source close to the lawmakers quoted in the report, hinged the planned defection on the ban on campaign by the Edo APC leadership, which according to him, has heighten fears of the lawmakers that it might be late for them to get nomination of other parties if they fail to secure APC tickets.
One of the defecting state legislators who preferred anonymity, blamed the looming mass defection partly on the lack of political patronage by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The lawmaker who told some journalists that many of their constituency projects were not funded by the governor, added that many of his colleagues do not know what they would use to campaign to their constituents even if they get the APC ticket.
APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole has, however, intervened and is scheduled to meet with all aggrieved APC leaders in the state on Thursday, August 9, to resolve all issues.
Oshiomhole had assured APC supporters who came to receive him at the Bénin Airport last weekend that the party would reward all those who worked for the party.
His words: “I want to assure you that the tradition of carry our people along will be sustained. You represent what I call our infantry division. You are the ones on election day who ensure that our voters come out. You are the ones who ensure that the PDP rigging machine was defeated. We must keep you as a standing point, together we will match on and will ensure that everyone who works is looked after.
“I know there are people with all kinds of stories but let me assure you that after the storm the weather will settle. Trust me, as you have not abandoned me, I will never abandon you. To our youths, I want to particularly appeal to you; don’t lose faith. There will be work, there will be participation; there will be involvement. We will not throw away anybody.
“Nobody will be used and dumped. If yesterday has come beautiful, tomorrow will be better.”
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Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the gale of defections witnessed in Nigeria's political space in the last few weeks from both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party.
The senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, described Nigeria's politics as 'vegetarian,' while also making reference to the frosty relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government and what it portends for the polity.
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