- The rank of the APC is growing as the party received another defection from the opposition
- Tajudeen Adefiyose, an Ondo member of the House of Representatives defected to the ruling party
- Adefiyose's defection was announced during the House of Reps plenary on Wednesday, December 16
Social Democratic Party (SDP) one of the opposition parties in Nigeria, has been hit by the defection of its only member of the House of Representatives as Tajudeen Adefiyose quit the party, The Punch reports.
Adefiyose who represents Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency in Ondo joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that Adefisoye’s letter of defection was read by the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, during the lower chamber's plenary on Wednesday, December 16.
The Ondo lawmaker in his letter cited the party's irreconcilable leadership crisis as the reason for dumping the SDP.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Chief Abia Onyike, a former commissioner in Ebonyi state and an APC chieftain, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Onyike announced his decision in a statement on Thursday, December 3, in Abakaliki, the state capital, saying he dumped the ruling party in line with unfolding political events in Ebonyi following the defection of Governor Dave Umahi.
Giving more reasons for his defection, the former APC chieftain said he returned back to the PDP because Governor "Umahi is not prepared to turn a new leaf in his leadership style in the governance of Ebonyi state."
In a related development, a member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has joined the ruling APC.
Hembe announced his defection from the APGA to the APC on Tuesday, December 8, during a plenary session.
Reacting to the lawmaker's move to APC, the minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, described the defection as illegal and asked the speaker to declare the seat of the Benue lawmaker vacant.
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