Two members of the House of Representatives, Ephraim Nwuzi and David Abel, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday during plenary.
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Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house, read separate letters from Nwuzi, who represents Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in Rivers State, and Abel, who represents Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency in Taraba State, announcing their defections.
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Their defection caused an uproar on the floor of the house, as the deputy minority leader, Toby Okechukwu; minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, and leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, separately raised constitutional points of order, asking Gbajabiamila to declare the seats of the defecting lawmakers vacant, as there are no party crises in the states of the two lawmakers.
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The speaker, however, described leaders of the opposition as hypocrites, saying that as minority leader in the previous assemblies, he also protested against defections of his party members to the PDP, but his arguments were dismissed.
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Gbajabiamila noted that the PDP failed to lay the foundation of sanctioning illegal defections while in power.
“Like you used to tell me, your points are noted. Any more defections?”Gbajabiamila responded.
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