Frank Okiye, the speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly (ESHA), has dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Okiye, who defected alongside six lawmakers, announced their defection during plenary yesterday.
He said they were moving into the PDP to identify with the developmental strides of Governor Godwin Obaseki to move the state forward.
The speaker relied on what he termed as the sharp divisions and factions in the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state as one of the reasons they decided to cross to the PDP, to enable them to perform their duties effectively as representative of their constituencies.
Those who formally decamped are: Rt.Hon Frank Okiye; Hon. Asoro Osadebamwen Roland; Hon. Aluebhosele Ephraim; Hon. Ojiezele Osezua Sunday; Hon. Okhuarobor Henry; Hon. Okoduwa Emma and Hon. Marcus Onobun.
It would be recalled that all the 24-member house were elected on the platform of the APC. However, crisis ensued when only nine members presented themselves for inauguration on June 17, 2019, when Governor Obaseki issued the proclamation for the house to convey.