Bisi Olaniyi, Benin
NO fewer than eighty-seven elected councillors in Edo State have vowed to withstand the harassment and official intimidation meted out to them by Governor Godwin Obaseki to power them to hitch his Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP).
The councillors, most of whom had been elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), dismissed declare of their defection to the PDP, allegedly sponsored by Obaseki to painting false solidarity, whereas insisting that Edo governor’s efficiency since 2016 had neither impressed confidence nor supplied motivation for them to hitch in his defection.
The councillors, by means of their spokesperson, Emwinghare Osabuohien, of Ward 2, Egor Native Authorities, condemned their suspension, which they deemed unlawful and the refusal of the state authorities to pay their salaries over the expression of their constitutionally-protected freedom to affiliate and preserve membership of a most popular occasion (APC).
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Different councillors, together with Okpamen Angela, representing Ovia West, Kingsley Ogiri and Godwin Ekhator vowed to stay resolute in preventing for the victory of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, APC’s governorship candidate.
They disclosed that the few APC councillors, who defected to the PDP, caved in to the stress and intimidation of Obaseki’s administration.