From: Tony Osauzo, Benin-City
Former Edo State governorship candidate of the Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2016 September 28 gubernatorial election, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, has resigned his membership of the party.
Addressing his supporters in Benin-City, on Tuesday, Iduoriyekemwen, a founding member of the PDP, disclosed that he has tendered his resignation letter to the leadership of the party both in the state and at the National level, adding that his next line of action would soon be made public.
“This decision has not been easy, but I have decided that it will be in the best interest for my political career, business and family. It is with nostalgia that I came to this decision which I believe will suit my political interest and those of my numerous supporters across the length and breadth of Edo state and beyond.
“To resign from a party that I participated in its formation in 1998 and remained a steadfast and loyal member and leader till my exit this day, I believe that the PDP which we formed years ago is no longer the PDP we have today after it was hijacked by persons who run the party as their personal estate,” Iduoriyekemwen said.
It would be recalled that Iduoriyekemwen was former Majority Leader of the state’s House of Assembly and later became the state representative in the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
There were indications already that he and his supporters may soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).