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Victoria Amu dumps party, says she’s ‘happy to end 18 yrs of political wilderness in APC’

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A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Victoria Amu, has dumped the party and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Amu, in doing this, threw her weight behind the party’s candidate in the 21 September governorship election, Dr Asue Ighodalo.

She made this declaration during a press conference held at the PDP Secretariat in Benin City on Tuesday, emphasizing that she was happy to end her “18 years of political wilderness” in the APC.

Amu, a former Senior Special Assistant (SSA), has pledged to deliver the Owan Federal Constituency for the PDP candidate, Dr Asue Ighodalo, in the upcoming Edo gubernatorial elections.

Speaking at the press briefing, Amu emphasised her belief in the PDP’s vision and leadership, highlighting that the party’s policies align more closely with her aspirations for the people of Owan.

The full text of her statement reads:

“Dear members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), I stand before you today with immense pride and gratitude as I formally join the ranks of the PDP in Edo State.

“This moment is not just a personal milestone but a commitment to our shared vision of progress, development, and prosperity for our beloved state. I am deeply honoured by the warm welcome and the overwhelming support I have received from each one of you.

“As we approach the governorship election in September, I am filled with a great sense of purpose and determination. Our Edo state faces significant challenges, and it is our collective responsibility to address them with boldness, integrity, and a clear vision for the future.

“I Victoria Amu is ready to co-lead with Barr. Asue Ighodalo and Barr Osarodion Ogie, and our party to victory, we will champion the causes that matter most to our people, and to implement policies that will bring tangible improvements to the lives of all Edo citizens.

“Our journey to victory will be a testament to our unity, hard work, and unwavering commitment to the values we hold dear. Together, we will build a campaign that resonates with every LGA, Ward, voting unit and community as the goal addresses the real needs of our people, and that inspires hope and confidence in our leadership. I call upon all party members, my supporters, and my well-wishers to join hands with me in this endeavour. Let us march forward with determination and courage, knowing that our collective efforts will usher in a new era of growth and prosperity for Edo State.

“Once more, ladies and gentlemen, today is one of the happiest days of my life. I have just been delivered from 18 Years of political wilderness in the APC. Thank you, and may God bless us all as we embark on this crucial journey together”.

Victoria Amu’s defection is seen as a strategic move ahead of the Edo 2024 elections, as she has a substantial following in the Owan Federal Constituency. Her influence is expected to bolster the PDP’s chances of securing a victory in the region.

Amu further assured her supporters that her decision was made in the best interest of Owan and Edo State at large. She pledged to work tirelessly to ensure the success of Asue Ighodalo and the PDP in the forthcoming elections.

The latest political realignment is expected to have significant implications for the Edo 2024 elections, as the PDP gains a formidable ally in Victoria Amu. Her commitment to delivering Owan Federal Constituency for the PDP could reshape the political landscape in the region, making the upcoming elections one to watch closely.

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