Charles Idahosa Defects to APC, Predicts Party's Victory in Edo Governorship Election

Charles Idahosa, a former PDP Board of Trustees member and ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, has rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. Idahosa aims to ensure APC's victory in the upcoming September 21 governorship election, citing his regret for supporting Obaseki four years ago.

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Charles Idahosa Defects to APC, Predicts Party's Victory in Edo Governorship Election

Charles Idahosa Defects to APC, Predicts Party's Victory in Edo Governorship Election

In a significant political development, board, member Charles Idahosa, a former member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former ally of Governor Godwin Obaseki, has rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. Idahosa, who had left the APC about four years ago with Obaseki, announced his return to the party on Monday, stating that he aims to ensure victory for the APC in the upcoming September 21 governorship election.

Why this matters: This development has significant implications for the upcoming governorship election in Edo State, as Idahosa's defection could sway voters and influence the outcome. Additionally, this move could be seen as a bellwether for the broader political landscape in Nigeria, as it may signal a shift in power dynamics between the APC and PDP.

The 71-year-old politician was received back into the APC by party leaders, including the Secretary of the party in Edo State, Lawrence Okah, at his residence in Benin City. During the reception, Idahosa expressed his regret for supporting Obaseki four years ago and claimed that his greatest mistake was not stopping the governor from resigning in 2020 when he was frustrated out of the APC. "One of my biggest mistakes was not to allow Obaseki to resign when he told me he was tired of the troubles he was getting from the leadership of the party led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole," Idahosa said.

Idahosa's defection comes amid a wave of defections from the PDP to the APC in recent times, especially since the 2023 general elections in various states. In December 2023, 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly on the platform of PDP defected to APC following a political crisis. Similar defections have occurred in Ondo, Enugu, and Abia states in the past few months.

The former PDP BoT member accused Governor Obaseki of making "heartless and uncomplimentary" utterances during the inauguration of the PDP Campaign Council for the 2024 election, where the governor allegedly accused defectors from PDP of receiving huge sums of money before their defection. Idahosa cited the "damning deeds of the Obaseki-led administration in the last four years" as his reason for dumping the PDP.

Pledging his support for the APC's governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okphebholo, Idahosa vowed to work towards the party's victory in the upcoming election. "Four years later, we are all wiser. I am back to the APC, which is my family. It is homecoming for me and I am very comfortable. At 71, I am not going to be a threat to anybody. I am joining the APC to work. Nobody should be afraid or scared that Charles Idahosa is joining the APC because I won't be contesting any position," he said.

Idahosa's return to the APC is seen as a significant boost to the party's chances in the September 21 governorship election. The Edo State Government, however, has denied Idahosa's claim of being a member of the PDP's Board of Trustees. As the election draws closer, the political landscape in Edo State continues to evolve, with Idahosa's defection adding a new dimension to the race.

Key Takeaways

  • Charles Idahosa, former PDP BoT member, rejoins APC in Edo State.
  • Idahosa aims to ensure APC's victory in the September 21 governorship election.
  • He regrets supporting Governor Obaseki four years ago.
  • Idahosa's defection is seen as a significant boost to APC's chances in the election.
  • This development may signal a shift in power dynamics between APC and PDP in Nigeria.