By Bisi Olaniyi, Benin
Two lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State House of Assembly – Yekini Idaiye and Nosayaba Okunbor, have defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Idaiye, a former Deputy Speaker of the House, represents Akoko-Edo constituency 1, while Okunbor is the representative of Orhionmwon East constituency.
The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun, Monday read the two lawmakers’ letters of defection.
In the 24-member Assembly, 14 APC elected lawmakers are yet to be formally inaugurated.
Among the ten inaugurated members, who are still sitting inside Government House, Benin, over the fear of removing Governor Godwin Obaseki, nine are now of the PDP, while the representative of Akoko-Edo constituency 2, Emmanuel Agbaje, is the only APC legislator in the Assembly.
Idaiye said in his letter: “May I use this medium to inform you of my resignation as a member of APC. I took this decision, because of an internal crisis in the party (APC), 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 that I have decided to resign my membership of the APC and officially defect to the PDP.”
Okunbor also claimed that he was tired of the alleged crisis in the APC.
The Orhionmwon East lawmaker said: “This decision (defection) is the sequel to the division within the party (APC), which has become intractable.