- Its is a season of defections in Nigeria's politics as the 2019 elections draws closer
- Honourable Tony Nwulu has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the United Progressive Party (UPP)
- He said he was leaving the party because of irreconcilable conflicts
A member of the House of Representatives, Tony Nwulu (Lagos-PDP), has dumped the PDP due to what he termed, “irreconcilable conflicts in the party.”
Nwulu made this known at a news conference on Tuesday, July 24, shortly after the plenary session where he also announced his defection to the UPP.
He said he had written a letter of notice on his defection to the House speaker, Yakubu Dogara, dated Tuesday, July 24, on his decision. The federal lawmaker said he had informed the House leadership “to take notice that effective from the date above, I have resigned my membership of the PDP.”
He said in his letter: “I wish, therefore, to by this letter convey my membership of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and to be accorded all rights and privileges emanating there from.
“This defection is as a result of irreconcilable conflicts in my party and in accordance with Section 68 1(g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“While assuring you of my continuous support to your leadership, my cooperation and loyalty to the legislative agenda of the House, please accept the assurances of my warmest regards as always.”
When asked why he chose UPP as his new party, he said besides having a governorship ambition, the new platform was a better party to achieve his political ambition in Imo.
Earlier in the day, 32 lawmakers at the lower chamber joined the PDP while four others joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The defection of the lawmakers was announced at the plenary on Tuesday, July 24, by Speaker Dogara. The defectors cited division at all levels of the ruling party as the reason for their decision.
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