Another PDP House of Representatives member defects to APC
Nnanna Igbokwe,a member of the House of Representatives from Imo State, has dumped PDP for APC. Igbokwe’s letter of defection was read on the floor of the House of Representatives by the speaker of the house, Yakubu Dogara.
Honourable Igbokwe who represents Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte in the house, said the reason for defecting was because of the division in the PDP.
According to him, he joined the APC in January 2017 before the Supreme Court decided on the leadership tussle between the then caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi and former Borno state governor, Ali Modu-Sheriff. Igbokwe added that he has stopped attending PDP functions both in his home state and the National Assembly since January when he registered with the APC.
Present in the chamber to receive him was the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
In a swift reaction, the deputy minority whip, Binta Bello, objected, saying there was no division in the PDP since the Supreme Court had decided on the leadership tussle. She urged the speaker to declare his seat vacant.
Ossai Ossai also brought the attention of the House of the Supreme Court ruling that solved the crisis of the PDP.He cited section 68(1)g where a member would vacate his seat when he decides to leave the party which sponsored him without any division.
But Speaker Dogara in his ruling said he can only declare a seat vacant when the majority of the House agrees.PDP members immediately walked out in protest after Dogara allowed the defection to stand.