APC gain is PDP’s loss as two opposition reps members decamp.


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The major opposition party in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost two of its members in the house of representatives to the ruling party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The decampees are Idagbo Ochiglegoor and Michael Etaba from Cross River state.

Announcing their defection on the floor of the house is the speaker of the house, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday.

The development may not be unconnected with the defection of Ben Ayade, governor of Cross River, who recently dumped the PDP for the APC.

Ochiglegoor and Etaba represent  Obanliku/Obudu/Bekwarra federal constituency and Obubra/Etung federal constituency respectively.

They both cited crisis in the PDP in their state as the reason for dumping the party.

However, Toby Okechukwu, deputy minority leader, protested the defections and said there is no crisis in the PDP as they claimed.

Okechukwu also said Ochiglegoor and Etaba ought to lose their seat for defecting from the party, citing section 68 of the constitution to back his claim.

The section explains conditions where a member’s seat could be declared vacant.

It states: “(1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if … -(g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected; Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”

But the speaker overruled his point of order and said he did not read the complete section of the constitution he referred to.

The PDP has lost at least three of its members in the current house to the APC.

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