The fortunes of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election in Edo State has continued to nosedive as a three-time councillor and Organising Secretary of the party in Umaza Ward 3, Ovia South West Local Government Area (LGA), Rt. Hon. Steven Alufa, has dumped the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Alufa decamped with 2,000 others during the reelection campaign rally of the PDP candidate and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, declaring their support for the PDP following the outstanding performance of the governor across all sectors of the state.
Similarly, chairman of the APC in Ward 8, Ugbogui, Ovia South West LGA, Mr. Bakare Isaac, led 2,000 members of the party into the PDP, promising to come out en masse to ensure victory for Obaseki at the poll.
According to Isaac, “We have been winning elections for APC before now, but I have decided to follow Obaseki to PDP because of the way he was treated in the APC.
“We are here with more than 2,000 people to decamp to PDP from APC. This is the only man that can do what we the people want. No more sharing of money; no more godfatherism in the state politics. We are here to work for the PDP.”
Leading the decampees in Umaza, Alufa noted: “I want to appeal to Umaza people to come out en masse to vote for the governor on September 19, 2020. You people did it for me before and made me a councillor three times. I am not decamping alone but decamping with 2,000 members from the APC to the PDP”.
Receiving the defecting APC members, Chairman of Edo State PDP Campaign Council, Chief Dan Orbih, said: “All those appointed by Adams Oshiomhole have not brought any value to governance including the person you elected to represent you in the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) that has refused to submit himself for inauguration.
“Governor Obaseki has done well across all sectors of the state. With your support, he will remain as the governor of Edo State to continue the good work of development which has continued to transform the lives of the people.”