By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”TWO members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Federal House of Representatives in Edo State, Messrs Patrick Obahiagbon and Samson Osagie, representing Oredo and Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal constituencies respectively, will on 15 MayÂ 2010, dump the party for Action Congress, AC.
The duo are from the Edo South senatorial district where the two-time Governor of the state, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, hails from. It would be recalled that the Chairmen of all the seven Local Government Councils in the area have dumped the PDP for the AC.
Chief Emmanuel Igiebor, the chairman of the PDP in Orhionmwon Local Government Council and a close political ally of the former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, had defected to the AC last Monday. Also, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon 1, constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Patrick Aisowierien, defected to the AC last weekend.
Obahiagbon and Osagie, who would be defecting this weekend, were labeled rebels by loyalists of Chief Anenih due to their seeming support for Governor Adams Oshiomhole. They were consequently ostracised from the group and aspirants have been groomed to take over their positions in the next general election.
It would be recalled that some leaders of the PDP in Edo South Senatorial District, led by Owere Dickson Imasogie, had last month met with the two lawmakers and appealed to them to remain in the party while other efforts were made to reconcile them with Chief Anenih. But as it seems, all efforts to keep the two lawmakers in the party failed as arrangements have been concluded for their formal defection toÂ AC in a rally in Benin City this weekend.
Obahiagbon, popularly known as â€œIgodomigodoâ€ by political associates in the state and one of the most out standing lawmakers from the state in the National Assembly, confirmed their exit from the PDP to Vanguard yesterday on telephone. According to him, â€œwe are politically adjusting and it is normal in politicsâ€.