The hope of Edo State Governor and flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Godwin Obaseki to get re-elected in September is getting dimmer as the Deputy Speaker of the state’s house of Assembly and four other lawmakers on Monday dumped him and pledged their support to his arch rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Iyamu is being promoted by former Edo state governor and immediate past national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

The Deputy Speaker Yekini Idiaye represents Akoko-Edo Constituency I. He was on Monday, joined by Emmanuel Agbaje (Akoko-Edo Constituency II), Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhiomwon East Constituency), Dumez Ugiagbe (member-elect, Ovia Northeast Constituency I) and Vincent Uwadiae (member-elect, Ovia Northeast Constituency II) on a solidarity visit to Ize-Iyamu at his home in Benin, where they declared their support.

Speaking, Yekini said- “There is no reason for me to defect to another party because there is no project in my village to show that the current administration is working.”

“I’m from Somorika in Akoko Edo Local Government and my village is the most backward in the council.”


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