Two senior aides to the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole – Osama Erediawa and Gaskin Eke – on Thursday announced their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Before their defection, Mr. Erediawa was the Executive Director, Office of the Governor, while Mr. Eke was the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Inter-Party Relations.
Mr. Erediawa told journalists in Benin that he chose the PDP to ensure that the party would win the presidential election in 2015 and the governorship election in the state in 2016.
He said that he was not forced or induced by any individual to join the PDP, adding that he voluntarily resigned from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Oshiomhole-led government.
Mr. Eke said that he resigned because he opposed some actions of the government.
The PDP Chairman in Edo Chief, Dan Orbih, and other leaders of the party, received the defectors and presented them with the party’s membership cards.
Mr. Orbih called on the people of the state to cooperate with the party to defend democracy.
Commenting on the sitting of APC legislators at the Government House on Wednesday, Mr. Orbih said it was a calculated attempt to erode the principle of separation of power. He said the legislators had no business sitting in the government house.