The Congress of All Progressives (APC) continued to benefit from defections of minority parties from the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, Peter Makinde, member of the African Democratic Congress who represents the federal constituency of Ondo East / Ondo West of Ondo State, joined the APC.
The defection prompted an angry reaction from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House.
Delta State member Nicholas Ossai raised a point of order, calling on the President to declare the defection “null”.
Citing Article 68 (2) of the 1999 constitution, Ossai argued that Makinde failed to provide the necessary evidence to substantiate his faction claim within the ADC.
“He has to provide evidence to the whole House, not to the President. Neither of us received a copy of the evidence. Since this House has not received a copy of the evidence, I urge the President to cancel his defection, ”Ossai said.
Ossai’s submission earned him a reprimand from President Femi Gbajabiamila, who called Ossai an ‘intrusive intruder’
“I’m sure you know the evidence can be documentary or verbal. For the past 20 years, we have relied on verbal evidence, even when people defect to the PDP.
“Do you know the president of the ADC party? Can you tell us the name of the president?
As Ossai could not answer the question, Gbajabiamila declared it inadmissible.
Defection: you are an intrusive intruder – Gbajabiamila tells Ossai, member of PDP Reps