Monday, May 19, 2014 6:46 pm
The All Progressives Congress has lost four of its members in the Edo State House of Assembly to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The four lawmakers who dumped the Edo APC today were Jude Ise-Idehen, representing Ikpoba-Okha Constituency; Friday Ogierhiaki, Oriomwon Constituency II; Patrick Osayimwen, Oredo-East and Rasaq Momoh, Etsako-West
Constituency I. Their defection however would not create political headaches for Governor Adams Oshiomhole as the Assembly has 26 members. Majority of them support Oshiomhole, analysts said.
The defection of the lawmakers was announced by the former State Chairman of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Tony Omoaghe, who read out a press statement on behalf of the defectors led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
He said they decided to dump the APC because the party refused to accede to their demands which included cancellation of the party’s registration, Ward and Local government congresses in the state.
The Interim state Publicity Secretary of APC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, described the defectors as seasonal birds.
He said APC wished them well to the “lions’ den.”
“We wish them well and we wish them safe journey to the lion’s den. And because they are seasonal birds, we are sure we are parting to meet again. And they will come back in the next season.
“I congratulate Comrade Oshiomhole for the major relief and assure the people of Edo state that they stand to benefit from the exit of these people. We wish them well,” Erhahon said.