- Some key political heavyweights in Edo state have deserted Governor Obaseki and pitched their tent with his rival, Ize-Iyamu
- The state's House of Assembly's deputy speaker and four other lawmakers said they will remain in the party on whose platform they were elected
- The lawmakers also accused Obaseki of making the state's legislature irrelevant
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Massive political re-alignments are underway as the Edo governorship election draws nearer, especially among the major parties participating in the poll.
A report by Channels TV on Monday, August 3, states that the state's House of Assembly's deputy speaker Yekini Idiaye has declared his support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Four other lawmakers on the state assembly have pitched their political tent with Ize-Iyamu.
Legit.ng gathers that the lawmakers said their decision is to remain in the APC on whose platform they were elected.
The lawmakers refused to join Governor Godwin Obaseki in his new party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They also accused the governor of making the legislature in the state irrelevant and unable to perform its functions as enshrined in the constitution.
Reacting to the development via his Twitter handle, Ize-Iyamu said: "This makes it a total number of 17 elected members of the Edo Assembly, out of 24, who have announced their support for our party and will be mobilizing their constituencies to vote the APC.
"I commend them for their integrity and courage and for standing up to a Governor who, in a brazen act of tyranny, ignored the resolution of both arms of the National Assembly, and denied representation to 14 constituencies by locking the door of the House to their elected reps.
Our party, the APC, is strong and united and together with the people, we are going to turn a new page on the 19th of September."
In a similar development, Kassim Afegbua, a top chieftain of the PDP has been given marching order by the party's Edo chapter over alleged anti-party activities.
Afegbua was said to have hit the wrong cord by allegedly working against the mutual interest of the opposition party as Edo guber election draws nearer.
In a statement by PDP press secretary, Chris Osa Nehikhare, Afegbua will serve a suspension of one-month effective from August 2, 2020.
Nehikhare further disclosed that Tony Aziegbemi, chairman of the PDP in Edo state, has also directed the local government chairman of Etsako East where Afegbua comes from to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations.
He, however, does not mention whether Afegbua would be given a fair hearing after the disciplinary committee has been constituted.
Afegbua had said that he would not back Governor Obaseki's re-election bid.
He said, due to his stance, he had been inundated with phone calls by party chieftains who felt his recent outburst against Governor Obaseki was unfair.
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