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APC not deterred by Edo defections

10 June 2014, 08:37Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, accused some members of the State House of Assembly who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of collecting N50 million each from the ruling party.

Addressing youths during a peaceful protest to the Government House, he said government was undisturbed with the "shenanigans" of the defected lawmakers.

“I thank you for recognizing that we all went round to campaign for these people who have decided to sell their mandate for Naira and kobo. What is sickening is that they are young men who should be anxious to break from the past.

“However because they believed they do not have any chance of being re-elected in February next year, because they have either done two terms or because of their poor performance, they know their constituency will not re-nominate them, they now decided to benefit from the desperation in different parts of the country to sell their mandate for N50 million each," Oshiomhole said.

He alleged the defectors collected advance payment of N35 million and some were buying new vehicles and others are rebuilding their hotels.

"Suddenly money is flowing," he said.

The Governor said there was no cause for alarm because many of the defected lawmakers could not win election on their own merit in their own booth.

“They were voted for as ACN with the broom. If you were vote for as ACN, with the broom, how can you now go and replace it with an umbrella that is torn and abandoned. People with little minds will think that they can sell their constituents with thirty-five million or fifty million depending on when they will get their balance."

He added," As far as I am concerned, we are stronger. Edo politics will be cleaned up and the cleaning is already here” he said.

PDP and APC have both been hit by defections ahead of the next general election

- CAJ News

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