The Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He announced his decision on Tuesday at a press briefing.
The development came hours after Governor Godwin Obaseki announced his exit from the APC.
In a letter dated June 15 and addressed to the chairman of ward 11, Etsako west local government area of Edo, Shaibu said his resignation was with immediate effect.
“I write pursuant to Article 9.5 (i) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to formally resign my Membership of the All Progressives Congress and to inform you of my formal withdrawal from all or any of its proceedings and processes whatsoever,” he said.
“Please note that this resignation takes immediate effect.”
Although the deputy governor did not state the reason for his resignation, it is not unconnected to the disqualification of Obaseki from contesting for the party’s ticket ahead of the governorship election scheduled for September.
The governor was disqualified over a “defective” certificate.
On Monday, Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, Tony Aziegbemi, said Obaseki and his loyalists were set to join the party.
Aziegbemi disclosed that Obaseki’s deputy, Philip Shuaib, and the entire APC state chapter would soon be in the PDP fold.
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