Roland Owie: Ex-senator defects to the PDP in Edo state
A former Edo senator, Roland Owie, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in the south-south state. Owie represented Edo South Senatorial District at the red chamber in Abuja between 1999 and 2003.
Reports suggests that Owie announced his defection at his hometown Ilobi-Isi in Uhunmwonde local government area. He said his decision to rejoin the PDP was because the party, which had once lost its way, was now the hope of the masses.
Roland Owie says he is rejoining the PDP because the party is the hope of the masses. “Impunity came into the PDP, the leadership became abusive and vindictive, and all we were hearing was `no vacancy in government house’, `no vacancy in presidency’, to the extent that a sitting governor was registered,” Owie noted.
He added: “PDP is the hope of the masses and we will ensure that its mandate of ensuring that all citizens have equal access to opportunity and resources is fully achieved. This mandate will be achieved in Edo and it will be achieved in Nigeria.”
Owie urged his followers to join hands with him in support of the PDP candidate in the oncoming Edo election, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
He said: “I call on all our supporters to rise up today and lift with me the symbol of our pride the Umbrella, an exemplar of royalty in the Benin Empire and march shoulder to shoulder in our typical heroic step from the land of our ancient past to a glorious future for our state and country.”