Two lawmakers elected on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Edo State House of Assembly dumped their party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Assembly men were the former deputy speaker and member representing Akoko-Edo 1, Yekini Idaiye, and the member representing Orhionmwon East Constituency, Nosayaba Okunbor.
The speaker, Marcus Onobun on Monday during plenary read their letters of resignation from their former party on the floor of the House.
Idaiye in his letter stated that “May I use this medium to inform you of my resignation as a member of the APC. I took this decision because of internal crisis in the party from my ward to the local government level which led to the factions in the party for some time now.
“It is on this note I have decided to resign my membership of the APC and officially defect to the PDP.”
The resignation letter of Okunbor hinged his resignation also on the division within the party which he said has become intractable.
“I have made strenuous efforts to ensure that this division within the party is addressed in line with the provision of the party’s constitution, but to no avail as the leadership of the party has simply refused to allow the issues involved to be adjudicated upon.
“Consequently, I have no other option than to resign my membership as a lean Liberty they say is better than fat slavery.”
Onobun welcomed the lawmakers to the PDP and commended their desire to work with the state governor in making Edo great again.
The defection of the two lawmakers has brought the number of the PDP lawmakers to nine with only one APC lawmaker in the 10-man House of Assembly.