Nigeria: Ogun Assembly rejects defection letters from two lawmakers
Abeokuta, September 4, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday rejected defection letters of two members of the House over failure to prove crisis or division in their party.
The Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi had read separate letters intimating the House at the plenary on Tuesday that Mr. Biyi Adeleye (Remo North constituency ) and Mr Harrison Adeyemi (Ogun Waterside constituency) had defected from the All Progressive Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.
It was gathered that in the letter of defection submitted by Adeleye, he had cited division and crisis in the APC at the state and national levels as reasons for defecting, arguing that the party had been polarised into two factions.
He had added that the new political party shared the same philosophy with him and his constituents.
However, the majority leader, Yinka Mafe, who spoke after the Speaker had read the letters to the House, had argued that the party was not polarised either at the state or national level.
He thus urged the Speaker to discountenance the reasons advanced by the lawmaker that the APC was polarised.
Mafe said, “APC has one party chairman in the person of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“It will be unfortunate if we allow it to go down that the APC has been divided whereas the party has not been divided.
“I want you to tell him to prove to this House that the APC is divided. If he cannot prove it, the Speaker should use his office to do the needful.”
The Speaker, however, noted that there was no crisis or division in APC both at the state and national level.
He said, “On this note, the matter will be set aside until the lawmakers are able to prove to the House that there are crises in the party.”
Also during plenary, the Speaker read the defection letter of Mr. Bowale Solaja (Ijebu North constituency), who defected from the PDP to the APC.