Evbohighae (Orhionmwon): The Peoples Democratic Party has again lost over 200 members to the All Progressives Congress in Ugbeka ward, Orhionmwon Local Government Area, Edo State.
Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu and APC chairman for the local government area, Chief Matthew Ehigie received the former PDP members into APC during a sensitization and campaign visit to Ugbeka ward.
The defection of the PDP members to APC comes a few days before the shift in the general polls earlier scheduled for February 14 and 28.
The deputy governor who was at the ceremony remarked, that there is no doubt that the APC would cruise to victory in the elections and therefore urged the party supporters in Ugbeka to vote for the broom symbol in the presidential, National Asembly and House of Assembly elections respectively.
Whole vouching for the reliability of all the candidates he assured of adequate representation by the contestants.
At Uteh-Oheze and Evboighae communities, the over 200 PDP members who dumped the party for the APC, including a former Vice Chairman, Oredo Local Government Council, Hon. Thompson Aikhionbare.
Hon. Akhionbare said, that his decision to decamp with his teeming supporters was borne out of his desire to join the wind of change in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees at Uteh-Oheze Messrs Esegbulem John and Mabi Osaretin noted, that the developmental projects everywhere in Orhionmwon Local Government Area and indeed, Edo State, spured them to join the APC with their supporters.
Receiving the PDP defectors, APC chairman for the local government area, Chief Matthew Ehigie assured them of equal treatment as old members while they will enjoy equal rights and privileges in APC.
The deputy governor and his entourage were also at the palaces of the Enogie of Oheze, His Royal Highness James Ewansiha and the Enogie of Evboighae John Elawe to seek royal blessing for the APC candidates.
The traditional rulers commended the present administration in the state for its unprecedented performance in their domains and pledged their support for APC in the forthcoming polls.