By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—OVER four thousand members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, including the South-South Zonal Youth leader of the party, Mr. Ralph Osuomo, yesterday, dumped the party for Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Receiving the defectors into the party, Governor Adams Oshiomhole accused the governorship candidate of PDP, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere of playing ethnic politics.
He questioned his pedigree as a retired Army officer, insisting on his earlier call for a debate between him and the PDP candidate, so that the people of the state will know the candidates better.
He said: “I have told you how I was detained as a labour leader and I also know that Airhiavbere was also detained. You must ask him why he was detained by the Nigerian Army? He must report to the people because we are coming to dance at Oba Market.”
But Airhiavbere had in the past described the issue of being detained in the Army as a creation of Governor Oshiomhole, insisting that he served the Army meritoriously and retired with a clean record.