The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo have spoken out against the defection to the PDP of Chief Tom Ikimi. According to THISDAY, The leaders who are majorly from Ikimi’s immediate constituency said this when they met the Governor, Adams Oshiomole in Benin City.
Present at the meeting were the local government council chairmen as well as the Senatorial Vice chairman of the Party Julius Asemota who happens to be a blood relation of Ikimi.
“Chief Ikimi did not consult us before his exit from the party and we are not aware he has left because he was not voted as the National Chairman of the APC. That is his personal problem, as a result, we are not going to PDP with him,” they echoed. They assured the governor of their loyalty to the APC, adding that Ikimi was on his own.
Against this backdrop, Oshiomhole charged them to prove their loyalty in the field, asserting that the forthcoming elections would be a test case for the leaders whom he assured of his support for the growth of the party in the area.
Speaking further, the governor said the meeting became necessary since the structure of the party in Igueben was left in the hands of Ikimi to produce APC executive and the local government chairman and councillors