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PDP lawmakers protest, walkout during session




Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, staged a walkout during a plenary which was held under rowdy atmosphere.

This was not unconnected to the decision of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to align with his All Progressives Congress (APC) members who were in support of the defection of a PDP member, Hon. Nnana Igbokwe.

Hon. Igbokwe, a member representing Ahiazu – Mbaise/Ezinihitte federal constituency of Imo State, had announced, through a letter to the speaker, that he was leaving the umbrella party.

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In a letter read by Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, at plenary on Tuesday, Mr. Igbokwe who represents Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte, cited division in his former party as his reason for defection.

He said he joined the APC in January 2017 before the Supreme Court decided on the leadership tussle between the then caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu-Sheriff.

Mr. Igbokwe said he stopped attending PDP functions both in his home state and the National Assembly since January when he registered with the APC.

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Present in the chamber to receive him was the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

In a swift reaction, the deputy minority whip, Binta Bello, objected, saying there was no division in the PDP since the Supreme Court had decided on the leadership tussle. She urged the speaker to declare his seat vacant.

Ossai Ossai also brought the attention of the House of the Supreme Court ruling that solved the crisis of the PDP.

He cited section 68(1)g where a member would vacate his seat when he decides to leave the party which sponsored him without any division.

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But Speaker Dogara in his ruling said he can only declare a seat vacant when the majority of the House agrees.


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