Posted on Wed 1 Jun 2016, 12:18 PM

2 members in the House of Representatives on Wednesday defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

They are Representative Tony Nwoye and Emmanuel Udende from Benue State.

The lawmakers while stating their reasons for defection said following the crisis rocking the opposition party, they can no longer serve thier electorates effectively hence the decision to move to the Governing party APC.

But reacting to the move, Minority leader of the House, Leo Ogor described thier resignation letter as unconstitutional citing section 68 of the 1999 constitution as amended which states that any member who must resign on the platform where he/she was elected must declare his/her seat vacant. 

Representative Leo Ogor while defending the crisis engulfing the party, dismissed the argument that the party is fictionalised. He swore to ensure that the defected lawmakers declare their seats vacant and go back to thier constituency to test thier popularity.

Meanwhile the Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara who announced the defection, objected moves to open the matter for debate.


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