Two members of the House of Representatives, Ephraim Nwuzi from Rivers State and David Abel from Taraba State, have defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Their defections were announced by Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, during plenary, on Wednesday.
In separate letters addressed to Gbajabiamila, the lawmakers attributed their decision to join the the ruling party to the “charismatic and purposeful leadership of the speaker.”
Reacting to the defections, the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu; Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; and leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, separately raised constitutional points of order.
They asked Gbajabiamila to declare the lawmakers’ seats vacant as there were no crisis in the defectors’ respective state chapters of PDP.
However, the speaker rejected their points of order, recalling that as Minority Leader in the previous Assemblies, he also protested against defections to the PDP but his arguments were dismissed.