Edo Acting Speaker finally dumps APC for PDP
*5,000 others also dump party
Acting speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Honourable Festus Ebea has finally decamped from the All Progressives Congress, APC to embrace the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
Ebea, who formally moved to the PDP at a rally in Ubiaja on Saturday, headquarters of Esan Southeast Local Government Area of Edo State, was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly until recently, when the House split along party lines, forcing him to take the mantle of leadership of the PDP faction.
The lawmaker had fallen out of favour with the leadership of the Assembly, which accused him of anti-party activities and subsequently suspended him, along with three other APC lawmakers namely Patrick Osayimwen, Friday Ogieriakhi and Jude Ise-Idehen, on June 9 this year.
Ebea had made it clear after the suspension that there was nothing wrong with anyone decamping from any party so long as the method does not violate the constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He had maintained his membership of the APC, while the other three lawmakers had left.
An impeachment had been pronounced against him by an APC-dominated factionof the Assembly,while Ebea had assumed leadership of the PDP faction, and this had led to squabbles that threatened the very soul of the Assembly.
The two factions in the last four months have held parallel plenary along party lines and at two separate locations, with the nine PDP members electing him as their Speaker in July.
Ebea who addressed newsmen at the event stated that the APC as a party has lost direction flowing from the ideals of the defunct ACN on which platform he contested and won the state assembly seat in 2011.
“My constituency has been particularly sidelined in the scheme of things inspite of numerous promises and budgetary allocations for development projects that were never executed by the state government. My people have wondered if this should continue”.
He said that on the other. Hand, the PDP has proved at the national level with President Goodluck Jonathan at the helm that Nigeria can be transformed with credible and people-centred leadership and development programmes.
“Even at the state level the constructive leadership style of the state chairman, Chief Dan Orbih has helped put the party into reckoning as a competent opposition which can and will take over the state house in Benin city in 2016”.
Ebea also used the occasion to formally declare his intention to seek re-election to the State Assembly as representative for Esan Southeast said that he remains committed to transforming his constituency with ‘trusted, tested and dependable’ legislation’ that will help bring about the needed development of the locality.
The event which featured top PDP leaders including Senator Odion Ugbesia, the senator representing Edo Central and the Local Government party chairman, Deacon Stephen Oriakhi among other and saw Ebea throwing away the broom, the APC symbol in favor of the umbrella along with over 5000 estwhile APC leaders and members from the locality.