Governor Godwin Obaseki’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Monday Osaigbovo, yesterday, denied plans by him or his kinsmen to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State.
He berated those behind the online story claiming that his kinsmen had dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The commissioner’s aide, Mr. Eugene Eke, in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin City, said Osaigbovo remained loyal to Obaseki and a bonafide member of the PDP.
Eke described the report as total falsehood and an attempt to drag the hard earned reputation of the PDP chieftain and commissioner into disrepute.
He called for calm, pledging unflinching support and loyalty to Obaseki to ensure victory for the party across Ovia North East Council.
Eke said: “I, the immediate past councillor for Uhiere Ward in Ovia North East Council of Edo State, on behalf of my self and other well-meaning supporters of our amiable leader, Hon. M.E.O Osaigbovo, hereby add our voice in refuting the information making the rounds, especially on social media, that our highly regarded leader or any of his kinsmen and followers have defected from the PDP to join the APC or any other political party.”
“The information is not only baseless but also laughable. Those peddling such information are persons who are politically irrelevant in the politics of Uhiere ward, in particular, and Ovia North East in general and are only seeking an avenue to make their voice heard, albeit, falsely in the political equation of Uhiere Ward, having realized that the people of the ward have resolved to vote overwhelmingly for the PDP and all its candidates in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.”
He vowed to resist the ploy of the opposition APC to hoodwink the electorate by spreading falsehood particularly in the coming general election.