Scores of members of Accord Party (AP) have defected to Action Alliance (AA) party in Edo State.
The defectors, cited lack of clear-cut agenda, leadership failure, and insincerity as reasons for their defection.
Chairman of Accord Party (AP) in Oredo Local Government Area of the State, Mr. Oviasu Ehigiator, led other executives of AP, declared for AA at an enlarged Stakeholders meeting at the Weekend in Benin City.
He accused the leadership of his former party of ostensibly floating a non-existent Bank loan for its members, which turned out to be a scam before the last Governorship election in the State.
“As I speak with you, I have the Chairmen of 11 of AP and over a thousand supporters on my side.
“After some turbulent moments, I took a resolution to leave AP in droves to realise our potentials and not to ruin our political career
“I took time to investigate the allegation and discovered that it was a sham when I got to Ekpoma in Edo State. Thereafter, informed the leadership of AP about my plans to leave the party”, he said.
Addressing journalists, Mr. Johnson Obasogie, Vice Chairman of AP, Ward 3, and Mrs. Josephine Momodu, Women Leader of AA, Oredo Ward 2 in Oredo Local Government Area of the State, vowed to work for the unity and progress of Action Alliance for victory.
According to Momodu, “We have come to join AA and I am coming with my women…I am capable. We are coming with full force to join hands with the party. And In assure you, there is no going back and we will get there”.
Welcoming the defectors into its fold, Edo State Chairman of action Alliance, Engr. Israel Guobadia, urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to provide a level playing field for a free and fair Local Government election.
He stated that his party will not only field Candidates in the Local Government elections, but will win both Councils and Counsellors seats if the exercise passes integrity test.
“We welcome the defectors with open hands. Before today, we have known one another on the field. We know their pedigree, their strength, doggedness and their political diversity.
“Haven come to join us, we are very happy. Their defection to AA will double the strength with robust ideas. The defectors have come to a party where their voices would be heard and political aspirations would be meant in the party that is transparent and operate as a family. They did not make any mistake.
“We are going to feed Candidates in that elections. And like I have said, if the election is free and fair, AA is poised to winning elections in the Local Government Area and Councillors seats, provided the election is free and fair. Not as usual where the political part of day (ruling party) takes all either by hook or crook.
“With the double strength in numbers and strength, we are sure of victory in this forthcoming Local Government election in Edo State”, he said.
Out Correspondents reports that the other defectors across the three Senatorial districts of Edo State, subscribed via Zoom and joined the event which was held in strict compliance with Covid-19 protocol.