Following the trend of defections from opposition parties to the All Progressives Congress, a member of the House of Representatives from Ondo State, Peter Makinde, has abandoned the African Democratic Congress.
The lawmaker tendered his defection letter to the House on Tuesday, citing internal crisis in the ADC as his reason for leaving the party.
The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, read Makinde’s defection letter during the plenary.
After reading the letter, the Speaker said, “You’re welcome to the progressive party,” prompting members of the Peoples Democratic Party to scream point of order.
Reacting to the defection, a leader of the minority caucus, Nicholas Ossai said Makinde’s defection contradicted Section 68 of the Constitution.
However, Gbajabiamila brushed off Ossai’s protest over claims that they were not aware of the crisis rocking the ADC.
The Speaker described those protesting against the defection as “meddlesome interloper,” saying they “have no locus” and, therefore, a “busybody.”
Gbajabiamila added, “You don’t even know the name of the chairman of the party, so your (point of) order is overruled.”
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that stakeholders in the PDP have developed anxiety over rumours that the APC is making frantic effort to woo Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and his Cross River State counterpart, Governor Ben Ayade.
Reports have it that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, who doubles as the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, is responsible for the planned defection alongside Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
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