In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, October, 2020

Outrage As Home of Reps Member Dumps APM for APC

Outrage As House of Reps Member Dumps APM for APC


Kolawole Lawal


The Allied Peoples Motion has misplaced its member within the Home of Representatives after he defected to the All Progressives Congress.


Mr Kolawole Lawal, on Tuesday, introduced his return to the All Progressives Congress from the Allied Peoples Motion, sparking outrage inside the home.


Two members of the Home had final week dumped the Peoples Democratic Occasion for the APC.


The Speaker of the Home, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the plenary on Tuesday, mentioned, “I’ve an announcement that pleases me; I imagine it is going to please all of you – APC, PDP, it doesn’t matter what occasion you’re. It’s from Hon Kolawole Lawal. Change of occasion.”


Gbajabiamila learn a letter from Lawal formally informing the chamber about his defection.


Lawal, within the letter, recalled how he joined others to exit the APC in Ogun State forward of the 2019 basic elections to affix the APM.


The Ogun State chapter of the APC had been polarised, with the then Governor Ibikunle Amosun main a faction whereas a former governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, main the opposite.


The Amosun-led faction had pulled out of the APC to contest elections on the platform of the APM. Candidates of the APM had misplaced on the polls apart from Lawal.


After Gbajabiamila learn the letter, the Deputy Minority Chief, Toby Okechukwu, raised some extent of order to fault Lawal’s defection as breaching the Structure, by defecting from a celebration on whose platform he was elected the place there was no division throughout the occasion.

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The Speaker, nonetheless, interjected Okechukwu to dismiss his argument, saying “Are you elevating the identical argument as you probably did final week? Okay. Famous. Your level is famous. It’s the similar factor as final week.” He hit the gavel.


One other rating PDP member, Nicholas Ossai, additionally raised some extent of order to quote Part 68(2) of the Structure.


The Speaker additionally interjected Ossai, saying, “That constitutional level of order was raised final week. It was about to be raised by Hon Toby. And it was raised by my good self 4 years in the past. So, we’ve famous your level of order.”


Two members of the Home – Mr Ephraim Nwuzi who’s representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in Rivers State and Mr David Abel representing Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency in Taraba State – had defected from the opposition PDP to the ruling APC.


The Minority Chief, Ndudi Elumelu; Deputy Minority Chief, Toby Okechukwu; and chief of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, had individually raised constitutional factors of order, asking Gbajabiamila to declare their seats vacant as there was no disaster within the PDP chapters within the defectors’ respective states.


The Speaker had, nonetheless, described leaders of the opposition as hypocrites, recalling that as Minority Chief within the earlier Assemblies he additionally protested towards defections to the PDP however his arguments have been dismissed.


Gbajabiamila famous that the PDP failed to put the inspiration of sanctioning unlawful defections whereas in energy.


He had mentioned, “Most of those that spoke have been all right here; what you’ve mentioned, once I was Minority Chief and we had individuals cross over from our occasion to your occasion, I mentioned what you on this ground; I even mentioned 100 occasions extra, I quoted legal guidelines and circumstances, however you shut me down.

Gbajabiamila had added, “Such as you additionally advised me in these days once I was Minority Chief, your factors are famous. Any extra defections?”


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