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“Mass defection” which seems to have hit the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeing its fold crossing over to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Edo governorship election has got the opposition excited.
In a statement on Monday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said the alleged mass defection marked the end-of-the-road for the APC and its candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The party said it acknowledged the solidarity of thousands of members of other parties, which had adopted and expressed support for its candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, as their preferred choice for the election.
Said he: “Our party has been receiving daily reports of massive surge for PDP membership cards in our state, local government and ward offices, following the soaring popularity of Governor Obaseki and the PDP across the state.
“This is in addition to the expressed support of volunteer groups, as well as professional bodies, community associations, trade unions, youth groups and other critical players across the voting population.
“The PDP notes that with the gale of defection and mass flow of support from the people of Edo State, the APC candidate will soon look back and find himself standing alone.
“Following the surge, the PDP has directed our ward offices across the state to expand their registration capacity to ensure adequate accommodation for all Edo people in their irrevocable quest to realise their aspiration on the platform of the PDP”.