– The All Progress Congress (APC) in Edo state have lost 589,137 members
– The defectors, who belong to the R-APC, were led by the ruling party’s state chairman, Chief John Osamede Adun and its coordinator, Harrison Omagbon
– Omagbon said their decision to leave the APC was after critical evaluation, discussions, due consultations and a review of the unfolding political drama in Nigeria
Not less than 589,137 members of the All Progress Congress (APC) in Edo state have announced the decision to withdraw their membership from the ruling party.
The defectors, who are members of the Kwankwansiyya movement within the R-APC in Edo, were led by the party’s state chairman, Chief John Osamede Adun and its coordinator, Harrison Omagbon, PM news reports.
This move by the defectors came upon the notice of speculations that the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, is being expected in the state to reconcile warring factions.
Speaking with newsmen, Omagbon said their decision to leave the APC was after “critical evaluation, discussions, due consultations and after reviewing the unfolding political events in the country.
“We wish to inform the state leadership of the APC that the 589, 137 members of the Kwankwansiyya movement from the 192 wards in Edo State hereby resign from the APC with immediate effect today, 9th August 2018.”
Omagbon further said that that leaders of the movement whose national chairman is Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso, an ex-governor of Kano state, would soon decide on their next line of action. There are indications, however, that they may be defecting to the PDP soon.
Present at the press briefing were a former APC National Assembly member for Ovia federal constituency, Isaac Osahon, a former APC Chairman for Orhionwon local government area of the state, Mathew Ehigie, a former council chairman for Ovia north-east local government area, Lucy Omagbon.
Meanwhile, thesun.com.ng reported that Abiodun Olasupo, a member of the National Assembly representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa constituency, said members of his unity forum in the Oyo state chapter of the APC were forced to defect to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Olasupo, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on legislative compliance, made this known at Iwere-Ile in Iwajowa local government area of the state town hall meetings with constituents.