OrderPaperToday – The gale of defections is reducing the size and strength of the minority in the House of Representatives as the lawmaker representing Ondo East/Ondo West federal constituency, Mr. Abiola Makinde, has decamped from the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, made this known on Tuesday through a letter he read on the floor during plenary session on Tuesday.
In the letter as read by the Speaker, the Ondo lawmaker ascribed his defection to irreconcilable differences, protracted leadership crises and other issues in the AC.
Opposing the defection, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, a notable member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), argued that defections were being done without recourse to the specific provisions of the law.
He added that defections should be based on facts as required by the law and cited Section 68(1) (2) of the Constitution which the Supreme court settled further.
According to him “unless cogent and established reasons are given by members defecting to other parties, their defections were null and void”.
However, the Speaker in his ruling said the reason for Mr. Makinde’s defection from his former party was clearly stated in the letter.
“I just read out the letter, which stated the reasons he is leaving. That is the evidence,” the speaker said and described Mr. Ossai as “meddlesome interloper” with “no locus” and a “busy body. Only an ADC member can refute what he said why he left.”
Recall that last week Tuesday, the Speaker had announced the defection of two members from other political parties to the ruling APC and with today’s move, the defections has increased to three in recent weeks.