PDP Loses More Reps To APC
Two members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They are the members representing Abuja Municipal Area Council/Buari, Zaphaniah Gisalo, and another member from Kogi State, Yusuf Tijani.
Their defection took place on the floor of the House amid protest by PDP lawmakers.
Gisalo is the Chairman, House Committee on FCT Area Councils.
The duo informed the House of their defection in separate letters read on the floor by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
They attributed their defection to division in the various state chapters of their party.
In a swift reaction, the Minority Whip of the House, Umar Barde, cited Section 68 of Nigerian constitution which states that a legislator will automatically vacate his seat if he/she leaves his political party without division.
But the Speaker ruled that only the court could decide the fate of the defected members.
Earlier this year, three members of the House also defected from the PDP to the ruling APC.
They include Edward Pwajok (Plateau), Hassan Saleh (Benue) and Adamu Kamale (Adamawa).bounce
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