Drama in Reps: APC mock PDP lawmakers over massive defection

The House of Representatives on Wednesday was thrown into a mild drama as another Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) lawmaker, Emmanuel Ukoette defects to All Progressive Congress (APC).

In a letter to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, read on the floor of the House, Ukoette notified the House of his defection. He said he was leaving the PDP because of the inability of factions within the party to reconcile their differences.

Attempt by Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor to speak after his point of order was granted was marred by chants of PDP slogan by APC lawmakers indicating mockery.

“PDP, power to the people; PDP, power to the people”

Speaking on point of order, the Minority Leader, Rep. Leo Ogor (PDP- Delta), urged the Speaker to declare Ukoette’s seat vacant. Ogor said Ukoette’s defection move would be challenged in court, adding that democracy was not about jumping from one political party to another.

“My Speaker, this defection will be challenged in the court because it is not true that the PDP is factionalised.

“I urge you to declare Ukoette’s seat vacant, so that he can go back for a fresh election and see if he will win an election on his new platform,’’ he said.

Part of Hon. Ukoette letter reads:

“It is clear to Nigerians that the PDP is factionalised and therefore, baring members, especially I from engaging my constituents well enough.
“The factions within the party are led by the National Chairman of the Party, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff and Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi.

“The string of legal battles trailing the leadership crisis might end in fiasco and that is not the ideals of the founding fathers and, therefore, my resolve to move to the APC,’’ he said.

Emmanuel Ukoette, represents Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom state.

He is the second member of the National Assembly from the state to switch loyalty to the APC. In January, Senator Nelson Effiong representing Akwa Ibom South senatorial district, also defected to the APC.

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