A former factional governorship candidate of the People’s Domocratic Party (PDP), Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, and a federal lawmaker of the party, Johnson Agbonayinma, Friday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Others who joined the defection party include former Edo State House of Assembly member, Blessing Agbebaku, Mr. Peter Ebo some ward executives and members across the State. Welcoming the defectors to the party at the ceremony which held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, in Benin City, the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said they have an equal rights with those who have been in the party for years.
He urged the new members to bring their ingenuity to bear to move the party forward. He also called on other members to rally round them new members and give them the necessary support to ensure the development of the party in the State. The immediate past Governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, who was also on ground to receive the defectors, described Uduoriyekemwen and Agbonayinma as movers and shakers of the Edo State politics. “Those who know Hon. Matthew Uduoriyekemwen, you like to call him Major, but I call him Field Marshal, because this man has energy, this man is rugged, this man is dogged, this man is grassroot, this man is a mover, this man is a shaker and by the time he left the PDP, the party is finished.
“So, Matthew, welcome. With you, what you could have used two bullets, just one cough is a enough,” Oshiomhole said. The former governor said the presence and the quality contributions the new members were bringing to the party is worth commending, as both have been tried and tested.