Two House of Reps members defect to APC

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Two House of Representatives members from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have defected to All Progressives Congress.

At the plenary, on Wednesday, the Speakers of the Lower House read separate letters from Mr Ephraim Nwuzi, who is representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in Rivers State, and Mr David Abel representing Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency in Taraba State, announcing their defections from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

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 their seats vacant as there were no crises in the PDP in the defectors’ respective states.

The Speaker, however, turned down their points order describing leaders of the opposition as hypocrites.

He said that as Minority Leader in the previous Assemblies he also protested against defections to the PDP but his arguments were dismissed.

Gbajabiamila posited that the PDP has no moral right to query illegal defections since it failed to lay the foundation that discourages such act.

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