The Director-General of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Osaro Onaiwu has resigned his appointment to contest for the Edo State governorship election.
Onaiwu has already picked the gubernatorial nomination form of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the Edo election.
Both the PDP and All Progressives Congress (APC), have already elected their candidates for the governorship election coming up in September this year.
Onaiwu resigned his position in a letter he sent to the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko two days ago.
The former DG of the PDP Governors’ Forum, it will be recalled, had earlier aspired to run for the Edo governorship on the platform of PDP but failed to obtain the party’s nomination form.
Onaiwu explained that his decision to go for the APGA nomination form is because “APGA doesn’t have scandal”.
He added, “PDP ruled Edo State between1999 to 2007; APC is the party in government and people of Edo are now saying ‘don’t take us back to Egypt.’
He, however, dismissed the claim in some quarters that APGA is an Igbo party, pointing out that the party won elections in Abuja, Bayelsa and Taraba States.
He expressed the firm optimism that he would win the Edo governorship election, stating that 40 per cent of voting population are Igbo people doing business in the state.
Onaiwu said he was motivated to join APGA because of what Governor Willy Obiano is doing in Anambra State, adding that the major thrust of his government would be to industrialise Edo State if elected.
According to him, “What is happening in Anambra we shall bring it to Edo”.
He promised to bring his experience as DG of Governors’ Forum to bear if he wins.
The APGA National Chairman, Victor Oye assured that the party will take Edo by storm, adding that APGA is the only party with a clear cut of ideology.