By Nosa Obaze,
Member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency, Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and former gubernatorial aspirant, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who at the weekend decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, have said that they took the decision because of the exceptional brilliance and finesse the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration is bringing to governance in the state.
The former PDP stalwarts said that they decided to jump ship because the PDP refused to follow the rule of law.
Speaking at the APC Mega Rally held at the weekend at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, they agreed that the Edo State government under Governor Obaseki is not only working but is worthy of emulation by other governors across the country.
According to Hon. Agbonayinma, “We have decided to join the APC and Governor Obaseki because PDP has refused to follow the rule of law. We are also here because the government under the APC and Obaseki is working. To be part of the work to make Edo great, I and Hon Mathew tried our best to make PDP straight, but they refused.
“When a governor is working, you have no other option than to join him and not to oppose him. Governor Obaseki is truly working. Everyone, including a blind man can see the work the governor is doing across the state. So, why oppose someone who is working in the interest of the people. Other governors in Nigeria should emulate what Edo State governor is doing for the people.
“The governor is not a politician but a technocrat who has the interest of the people at heart. He believes in doing the right thing.”
For former PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Iduoriyekemwen, the move became necessary as they could not continue to oppose the progressive policies driven by Governor Obaseki who has brought change to governance and the state’s economy.
According to him, “I am here today, with all my followers who are sons and daughters, to be part of a great movement in Edo State. We decided to join the Obaseki’s team and the APC as we can no longer continue to oppose the good things across the state. We believe that this will make Edo State better, to make the state become the best, we all need to unite to support the governor who is interested in making the state work.”
“The governor does not need any political distraction. All Obaseki needs to achieve his good intentions for the state is the support of progressives in the state. So, we are here to support his quest to develop our state for the benefit of the masses,” he added.
He said one of the landmark achievements of the governor was restoring order in different parts of the state, which has transformed Benin City, adding “If you go through Ring Road, you will drive through easily, same with new Benin and Ekiosa. All the places we thought were impossible to clear have been cleared today. The governor is making Edo State work and it is because of that we decided to join the governor and his team to make Edo great.”