A governorship aspirant in Edo State, Pastor Azemhe Azena, has defected to the New Nigeria People’s Party, having dumped the Labour Party two weeks ago.
Azemhe, who is the Pastor in Charge of the Omega Fire Ministries, Southern Region, Benin City was among the 31 governorship aspirants on the platform of the Labour Party.
He, however, resigned his membership of the party, over alleged ill-treatment of him and his supporters by the Akoko-Edo Local Government chairman, Michael Onaivi, during his state-wide tour to the local government.
His letter of resignation dated January 27, 2024, was addressed to the Ward 10 Chairman of the party at Okpekpe in Etsako-East Local Government Area.
Azemhe, who formally defected to NNPP on Tuesday in Benin said he joined the party in pursuance of his political aspiration to contest the September 21, 2024 governorship election.
He said, “I will be bringing leadership and community engagement experience that will address critical issues, particularly in the area of food security to the party.”
He opined that his joining the party reflects his commitment to principles of good governance, transparency, and grassroots development.
The NNPP governorship aspirant, who promised to bring positive change to Edo State, however, called on the people of the state to join hands with the New Nigeria People’s Party to build an economically viable state.