OrderPaperToday – The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has suffered another backlash as Mrs. Blessing Onuh and Mr. Abdullahi Yakubu of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) respectively left to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Both representatives announced their defections at the House plenary on Tuesday.
While Onuh represents Otukpo/Ohimini federal constituency of Benue, Yakubu represents Bauchi federal constituency of Bauchi State. The former is daughter of former President of the Senate, David Mark.
In separate letters read by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the lawmakers said the reason for their defection was due to internal crisis in their respective parties.
Onuh said she was leaving APGA due to leadership crisis at all levels of the party, adding she decided to leave after consultations with her people.
She commended the national leadership of the APC for making the defection possible.
On his part, Abdullahi said he decided to leave the PRP as a result of the crisis and fractionalization, which led to emergence of two national chairmen for the party as well as two chairmen in Bauchi state.
He said “the crisis in the party in Bauchi state is worrisome as it has led to series of litigations among members of the party”.
He also claimed that one of the factions of the party in Bauchi wrote him a letter suspending him from the party.
The current defection has further depleted the number of members in the minority caucus.