Ex Edo PDP Chair, Others Defect to ACN

Ex Edo PDP Chair, Others Defect to ACN

Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday suffered another setback as a chieftain of the party, Major Francis Alimekhena (rtd), former state chairman of the party, Mr. Edward Sado, alongside other supporters defected to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The defection of the PDP members however came on a day four persons were arraigned separately at the magistrate courts in Afuze and Ubiaja, both in Edo State, for electoral offences.

Announcing his defection at a rally organised by the ACN for  the State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole’s second term at Agenebode and Fugar, headquarters of Etsako East and Etsako Central Local Government Areas of Edo State respectively, Alimekhena said he decided to leave the PDP because the party lack vision for his people.

Alimekhena who was received by Oshiomhole, the South-south Vice-Chairman of the ACN and Campaign Director of Oshiomhole Campaign organisation, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and others, said despite the fact that his ward (Uzanu) was PDP stronghold, Oshiomhole had been able to construct a road from Okpekpe leading to his village, adding that such magnanimity endeared him to the governor and his party.

Also speaking at the rally, Alhaji Oyaise Bagudu, one of the decampees, said since 1888 when his ancestors left Benin-city to the present settlement, nobody had been able to develop his community like Oshiomhole,  adding: “since then, a road was to be constructed between Agenebode and Okpekpe. That road was never constructed. But today, Oshiomhole has bulldozed the area and there is a road to Okpekpe which has been turned to resort centre.”

Speaking further at the rally, former Edo PDP chairman, Mr. Edward Sadoh described Oshiomhole as the Cicero of Edo State who within a period of three and half years has turned the whole state into a mini paradise.

Addressing the supporters, Oshiomhole expressed appreciation for the decision of Alimekhena to join him in the ACN, asserting that: “We have insisted that this campaign will be based on issues. I am happy that this Local Government has produced leaders who have fought the democracy in this country. We have brought development to rural communities in Etsako East by building solid roads.”

While outlining projects cited in the Council, Oshiomhole urged the people to be vigilant on the day of the election, asserting “we must defend our votes. This election must be one man one vote and I hope the PDP god father will understand that because our people are ready to resist any form of rigging.”

Meanwhile, the four persons who were arraigned were alleged to have conspired in the procurement and dealing in INEC Voters Cards contrary to section 124(5) and punishable under section 120 (!) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

Three of them-Richard Usikhifo (61), Segun Omoarebu (40) and Ajayi Ohikhuemi (30) were charged before Magistrate W. I Aziegbevbin at the Afuze Magistrate Court on Tuesday, while the other accused, Felicia Enegbeta (62), and others still at large were arraigned before the Ubiaja Magistrate Court.

The first three accused have four counts listed against them. They include: That you, Richard Usikhifo ‘M’, Segun Omoarebu ‘M’ and Ajayi Ohikhuemi ‘M’ sometime in the month of May 2012 at Imafun Quaters in Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, did unlawfully conspire to commit an offence, to wit: procurement and dealing in INEC Voters Cards contrary to Section 124(5) and punishable under Section 120(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Richard Usikhifo ‘M’ sometime in the month of May, 2012 at Imafun Quarters in Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, did unlawfully procure and deal in INEC Voters’ Cards belonging to persons other than as provided in the Act, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120 (1)(d) of the Electoral Act 2012 as amended.

That you, Segun Omoarebu ‘M’ on or about May 13, at Imafun Quarters Otuo in the Afuze Magisterial District, did have in your possession without lawful excuse, Seventy (70) INEC Voters’ Cards belonging to other persons, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 120(1)(c) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Ajayi Ohikhuemi ‘M’ sometime in the month of May 2012 at Imafun Quarters Otuo, in the Afuze Magisterial District, being a person entitled to a Voters Card, gave it to one Mr Richard Usikhifo, who is not an officer appointed and acting in the course of his duty under the Electoral Act, for use at an election, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120(1) (a) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended. Enegbeta, who is the fourth accused and others still at large were three counts listed against them.

They include: That you Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the 17th of May 2012 in the Ubiaja Magisterial Court Jurisdiction did conspire with others now at large to commit an offence to wit: procurement and dealing in INEC Voters’ Cards contrary to Section 124(5) and punishable under Section 120 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the 17th May 2012 in the Ubiaja Magisterial Court Jurisdiction did unlawfully procure and deal in INEC Voters’ cards belonging to persons other than as provided in the Act and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120 (1)(d) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

That you, Felicia Enegbeta ‘F’ on the May 17, in the Ubiaja Magisterial Court Jurisdiction did have in your possession without lawful excuse, one voter’s card belonging to one Paul Aizekhe ‘M’ and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 120(1)(c) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.

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