The former Deputy Director General of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Council, Gideon Ikhine, has decided to leave the PDP and is preparing to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a letter addressed to the Chairman of PDP Ward 7 (Ukpenu/Ujolen/Emuhi) Ekpoma, Esan West local government area, dated July 8, 2023, Ikhine did not explicitly state the reasons for his departure from the party. However, he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the party’s growth and success over the years. He also mentioned his unwavering commitment to the people of Ward 7, Esan-West Local Government, and Edo state, assuring them of his continued service in a different capacity.
When asked about the reasons for his departure, Ikhine simply mentioned “personal reasons.” Regarding his governorship ambition and his next political destination, Ikhine stated that he is currently in the consultation phase but confirmed his intention to join the APC in the coming days. He also revealed plans to hold a press conference soon to address any uncertainties.
It is worth noting that Ikhine was the first governorship aspirant in the run-up to the 2020 governorship election to step down and support Governor Godwin Obaseki. He generously donated his campaign office and structure to assist Obaseki’s successful bid for a second term after the latter was disqualified by the APC.
Sources suggest that there was an understanding between Ikhine and the governor, indicating that he would be given priority for the 2024 election. However, it appears that the governor is not prepared to honor that informal agreement.