On Wednesday November 20, (today) the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara announced the defection two memmbers from the ruling All Progressives Congress over lack of adherant to democratic norms.
The members of the green chambers who dumped APC are Babatunde Kolawole representing Akoko South-West/South-East Fedral Constituency of Ondo State, and his counterpat Mukaila Kazzim from Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
While Kolawole joined the Peoples Democratic Party, Kazeem did not indicate his new party he is going to join in his letter.
Both lawmakers, however, blamed their resignations on the APC over how the party managed its primaries and fielded its candidates.
Kolawole said the APC had derailed from its change mantra, alleging that there were imposition of candidates, zoning arrangements and ‘godfatherism,’ among others, during the primaries held by the party in Ondo.
Kazzim also said he left the APC due to irreconcilable differences following the House of Representatives’ primary held on October 7, 2018, by the APC chapter in Ogun.
A member, Mr. Aminu Suleiman from Kano, however, urged Dogara to declare their seats vacant, alleging that the defections were not in accordance with the provisions of Section 68(1) of the Constitution.
Dogara, however, ruled Suleiman out of order.
The gale of defections had hit both chambers of the National Assembly since July 2018, with President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Dogara defecting from the APC to the PDP.
Former Majority Leader of the Senate, Bukola Godswill Akpabio, had also dumped the PDP for the APC.