OrderPaperToday- The Green Chamber buzzed with activity earlier today as some members of the House officially declared their defections from different political parties to new ones.
Although these defections were known before today’s sitting, the members officially announced their moves in line with provisions of the constitution.
In separate letters directed to the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, four members of the House announced their defections.
Most notably, Emmanuel Orker-Jev announced his defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Orker-Jev, who is the Chairman of the Rules and Business committee as well as a Senatorial candidate for the Benue East Senatorial district, announced his move during the mass defection on the 24th of July. While announcing his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC), he failed to name a destination. However, during the National Assembly, recess he announced his defection to the PDP and won the Senate primary in the state.
In the same vein, Joseph Akinlaja also moved from the PDP to Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Recall that OrderPaper Nigeria reported details of Akinlaja’s defection on Friday, September 28, 2018 when he announced his move at Chelsea Hotel in Abuja.
Tony Nwulu’s defection letter was also read by the Speaker of the House. The member representing Oshodi 1 federal constituency in Lagos State and sponsor of NotTooYoungToRun bill in the House of Representatives, moved from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the United Progressive Party (UPP).
Nwulu, who is contesting in the Abia state governorship election, also announced his defection back in July, during a press conference at the National Assembly, not on the floor of the House.
The fourth person to decamp, Olaoye Temitope from Oyo state, moved from the All Progressives Congress (APC), following his withdrawal from the Oyo State Gubernatorial race. He, however, decamped to pick a Senatorial ticket under the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Of all the members who decamped, only Emmanuel Orker-Jev’s announcement generated excitement from the members, as some members of the PDP celebrated his decamping, tagging him a “big fish,”