Following the inability of the member of the House of Representatives representing Oredo Federal Constituency, Hon. Ogbeide Ihama to secure the ticket of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Edo South Senatorial zone, Vice Chairman of the PDP in the South-South, Chief Dan Orbih, alongside Hon. Ihama and other members of the PDP loyal to Orbih have begun move to decamp to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Hon. Ogbeide Ihama managed to secure only one vote out of the 227 votes cast at the Daniel Obiora-led five-man PDP Senatorial Primary Election Committee for Edo South Senatorial ticket conducted on Monday, May 23, 2022, at the indoor sports complex of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Having lost his ticket, the two-term member of the House of Representatives for Oredo Federal Constituency alongside, Chief Dan Orbih, Harrison Omagbon and Hillary Otsu have reached out to a leader within the NNPP, Ibrahim Kwankwaso ahead of the decamping move to the party.
According to a source close to Hon. Ihama, the active talks with Ibrahim Kwankwaso on the plans to dump the PDP for NNPP include an arrangement for Harrison Omagon to serve as Edo State Chairman of the NNPP, while Hillary Otsu acts as Secretary, and Ogbeide Ihama as the Edo South Senatorial Candidate of the NNPP for the 2023 elections.