Ize-Iyamu, Ex-Edo Assembly Speaker, others Dump PDP For APC

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Former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Bright Omokhodion has moved to the APC from the PDP.

Former Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, former state chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, Mr. Tony Omoaghe, also joined Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). They defected from the PDP on Thursday.

Others who defected were Mrs. Tawa Idubor, Chief Blessing Agbomhere, Etinosa Ogbeiwi, Emmanuel Momoh and several others.

Explaining their reason for defection, Omokhodion said the internal problems in the PDP informed their reason for leaving the party.

He said they reached the decision after making wide consultations with the senatorial districts and after an exhaustive deliberation.

“That as a result of leadership failure, Edo State PDP no longer command the electoral sentiment of the Edo people.

”We, therefore in our numbers collectively resolve that Edo state PDP has failed in its objective mission to the people and we have this day resigned our membership of the PDP and have resolved to join the All Progressives Congress.”

Ize-Iyamu told their supporters that joining the APC is not a way to say they are taking a step back from politics, as he warned them from having bad feelings about the PDP.

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He said, “PDP and any other political party for that matter are not our enemies. Please refrain from any attack that suggests that we are leaving PDP in anger or in bitterness. What is important is our primary objective in politics, why we chose to be in politics.

“Many people have different reasons for being in politics but for most of us in this group we see politics as an opportunity to represent our people, we see it as an opportunity to assess government and bring the dividends, the benefits of government to our people and we cannot be fulfilled if we play politics without being above to achieve these goals.

“People might call us names, but many understand why we have to do what we did. We have done what we have done because we believe that we just assist to bring development to our people. We must assist to bring solutions. It is not enough to just criticise and criticise. We want to be in the forefront of providing solutions.

“We want to assure our brothers there that we are not coming to a strange place. APC is home to many of us just like PDP was home. We are going into the APC with good intentions. We are not going there to join factions. We are going to join APC. We are going there to help strengthen the party and we intend to give our full allegiance to those in charge, those in authority. We will not undermine the powers that be. We will not join in any fight or name calling but we have come with the best of intentions.”

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