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Two APC lawmakers defect to PDP in Edo

NEWSMAN, Benin-City – Two All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the Edo State House of Assembly on Monday resigned from the party and defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The two lawmakers are the former deputy speaker of the house and member representing Akoko-Edo 1, Yekini Idaiye, and the Member representing Orhionmwon East Constituency, Nosayaba Okunbor.

The speaker, Marcus Onobun read their letters of resignation on the floor of the House.

“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,” the resignation letter by Yekini Idaiye read.

“It is on this note I have decided to resign my membership of the APC and officially defect to the PDP.”

The resignation letter by Nosayaba Okunbor states that: “This is to formally inform you of my decision to resign membership of the APC.

“This decision is a sequel to the division within the party which 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, Vanguard reported.

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.

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