By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in ward 11, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo state, Chief Sunday Edehor, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Chief Edehor said he led his supporters to the APC because he does not want to be stoned by his people for showing ingratitude owing to what the people of the area have benefited from the APC led government.
Edehor said he has been in the PDP since 1998 but recently observed he and his supporters have been deceiving themselves by remaining in the party.
“The truth is that I found out that some of us have been deceiving ourselves in PDP for a long time. This is the first time Etsako man will be governor in the person of Oshiomhole and now the same APC is giving us Deputy governor so how do you expect us to remain in PDP.
â€œWe have been managing over the years abusing Oshiomhole despite the fact that he is our son but we are in PDP, but it has come to a stage when we decided to think about what is good for our people. PDP since 1999 never gave Edo North governorship not to think of giving it to Etsako. One leader is always moving it to wherever he feels while our people suffer here.
â€œJust take a drive around Etsako area you, you will see the roads, schools Oshiomhole has built for us, so donâ€™t you think our people will stone some of us if we continue to remain in PDP? I donâ€™t want to risk my life because they will say I am an enemy of progress.
â€œSo I will be a mad man to remain in PDP. And let me tell you, there is no more PDP in the entire three Local Governments in Etsako. It will not make sense to remain at all, because both the people and God will even punish us so that is why we decided to leave for APC. It makes more sense for us to join APC so that the developmental projects Oshiomhole that has started in Etsako land will continue.
â€œPeople are supposed to play politics for good life, development and not selfish interest. I will be considered a selfish man if I remain in PDP. Today in Etsako I am proud that we have seen development and I want that development to continue when Shuaibu becomes Deputy Governorâ€ he stated.