By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Labour Party in Edo State, yesterday, denied losing any of its members to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,Â in the state, saying that those who claimed that they defected to the PDP last weekend in Uromi, were members who had been suspended from the party for anti-party activities.
It will be recalled that 600 persons,Â who claimed to be members of the Labour Party led by one Isaac Usigbe, defected to the PDP last weekend at a rally in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state,Â after they described the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole as a failure.
But in a swift reaction, the Labour Party in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr Adams Aliu, explained that the only member of the party among the decampees was Mr Usigbe, who according to him, was suspended after a fair trial for anti party activities.
According to him â€œwhat must have happened was a make belief concert sketch,Â dramatized by Mr Usigbe and a few sinking persons to deceive Edo people,Â that the PDP is still relevant in the present political configuration in Edo State.
Any Edo State resident or visitor since the past 18 months is aware that the Governor has kept his electioneering labour oriented welfare promises.
â€œThe Youth Empowerment Scheme, YES,Â of the Oshiomhole regime, has provided jobs for thousands of hitherto jobless youths in the state. The major roadsÂ in the state are being dualized, expanded and modernized. No Edo son or daughter,Â who is a beneficiary of the present goodies in the state, will say that the Governor reneged on his electoral promises.
â€œWhat must have happened was that aÂ handful of the godfatherâ€™s diehards, who are still trapped in their dwindling enclave, might have been assembled before one of the PDPâ€™s factional leaders to act as if they were bona fide Labour Party members crossing over to an expiring party in Edo State,â€ he said.