Top Reps Member Has Defected To APC.
NewsOnline Nigeria reports that top member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimoh Yusuf on Wednesday joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
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According to a letter read by the Speaker on the floor of House, the lawmaker said he was leaving the ADC as a result of the crisis existing in the party.
He said further that as a result of the crisis and failed efforts at resolving them, he went in search of a political platform along with his followers, narrowing down the available choice to the PDP and the APC, but decided to settle for the APC.
He commended the Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun for convincing him to choose the APC.
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Raising a point of order in opposition to the defection, Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Toby Okechukwu said the exercise was in breach of the Nigerian constitution which states the qualifications for any member to defect to another party.
He said the letter of defection contradicts itself when it states in one paragraph that there was a crisis in the party and in another, it states that the state governor convinced him into joining the APC.
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Okechukwu said, “Mr. Speaker, you are quite aware that there is no crisis in the ADC”.
However, the Speaker cut him short saying “I am not aware that there is no crisis in the ADC because I am not a member of the party. In any case, let me ask you, who is the Chairman of the ADC?
“Let me use the same term I used the last time and it is legal terminology and that term is a meddlesome interloper. You are a meddlesome interloper and so you are ruled out of order.”