- The ruling APC has rejected the defection of two of its members in Ogun state House of Assembly
- The lawmakers had claimed that the crisis within the party ranks and leadership prompted their decision to leave APC
- APC in its reaction said the lawmakers failed to convince it that there was any form of crisis within the party
The Ogun state House of Assembly on Tuesday, September 4, rejected the planned defection of two of its lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Trust reports that the APC through the majority leader of the House, Yinka Mafe, urged the Assembly to discountenance the reasons given by lawmakers in a letter read before members of the House.
The lawmakers - Biyi Adeleye representing Remo North constituency and Harrison Adeyemi of the Ogun Waterside constituency - had in seperate letters to the House said division in the APC had prompted their decision to leave.
Adeleye said the growing crisis within the ranks of the APC both at the state and the national level was his major reason for wanting to leave the party.
However, reacting to the letters being read before the House, the majority leader, debunked claims by the lawmakers of division among APC members.
Mafe in his objection said: “It will be unfortunate if we allow it to go down that APC has been divided whereas the party has not been divided.
“I want you to tell him to prove to this House that APC is divided. If he cannot prove it, the Speaker should use his office to do the needful,” Mafe said.
In agreement to Mafe's objection, the speaker of the House said he is yet to notice any crisis within the party.
The speaker said: "There is no crisis or division in APC both at the state and national level. On this note, the matter will be set aside until the lawmakers are able to prove to the House that there is crisis in the party,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a PDP chieftain in Kwara state, Sunday Babalola, had on Tuesday, September 4, led 20,000 of his supporters to the ruling party.
Babalola, a governorship aspirant in 2015 on the platform of the PDP announced his defection in a statement issued in Ilorin.
He said his perception about politics has been people-oriented, and the PDP has deviated from such ideology, hence the need to move to the APC.
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