The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Edo State in the 2012 governorship election, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Airhiavbere was the Edo state Coordinator for President Goodluck Jonathan Support Group in the March 28 presidential poll.
The ex-PDP guber candidate together with the Coordinator of Grassroots Youths Initiative, Osarobo Idahosa, and the former Senatorial aspirant of PDP, Richard Lamai, led over 3,000 PDP members to defect to the APC at a rally held in Benin City.
While announcing his defection at a press briefing during the weekend in Benin, Airhiavbere said he decided to join the APC so Edo state could enjoy benefits from the government at the center.
Airhiavbere used the briefing to deny rumour that he collected money from the PDP to finance his 2012 campaigns.
According to him,"I know for sure that with APC at the national and state level, there will be rapid development and all campaign promises will be delivered to our state.
"I did not get any gratification but for the fact that Edo State should remain at the centre.
"I will always be loyal to the centre. We delivered for PDP on March 28. We will deliver to APC on April 11. My desire is to have a peaceful Edo State. Oshiomhole should enjoy majority at the Edo State House of Assembly," Airhiavbere said.