Mr Dennis Idahosa, Commissioner for Investment and Public/Private Partnership in Edo, on Friday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Idahosa joined the PDP along with some leaders of the APC in Ovia South West Local Government Area of the State.
Idahosa, who was received into the PDP by the state Chairman, Mr Dan Orbih, said his defection was a prelude to his resignation as commissioner, which he said would follow soon.
He explained that he left the APC because of incessant abuse of President Goodluck Jonathan and Edo elders by Gov. Adams Oshiomhole.
The commissioner noted that he would immediately join forces with PDP in the state to galvanise support for the re-election of President Jonathan.
"The reason I am joining PDP is that I don't agree with the way Oshiomhole abuses our elders and President Jonathan. I stand to support President Jonathan for the presidency."
Idahosa said more serving commissioners in Oshiomhole's cabinet have expressed willingness to join the PDP. He noted that the PDP would harness the failures of Oshiomhole's administration to the benefit of the party.
Idahosa appealed for tolerance among PDP supporters in the state, urging them to take the messages of political tolerance to every parts of the state.