Published February 24, 2021
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
A member of the House of Representatives from Ondo State , Peter Makinde , has defected from the African Democratic Congress to the All Progressives Congress.
Makinde , in his letter of defection which was read to members by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila , during plenary on Tuesday , blamed his action on alleged divisions in the ADC .
“ You ’re welcome to the progressive party, ” Gbajabiamila said after reading the letter.
Several members of the Peoples Democratic Party, however, screamed point of order . A leader of the minority caucus, Nicholas Ossai, who was allowed to speak , however, protested against the defection , stating that it breached Section 68 of the Constitution.
Gbajabiamila , however, dismissed Ossai’ s arguments , asking him or any member of the opposition to mention the name of the chairman of ADC .
According to the Speaker, those protesting against the defection lacked knowledge of the goings- on in the ADC and , as such , are not in the position to query the reason cited by Makinde for the defection .