- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the APC has received a new member from the opposition
- Abiola Makinde, a federal lawmaker from Ondo state joined the APC from the ADC on Tuesday, February 23
- The lawmaker said he left the ADC due to the crisis rocking the opposition party
Abiola Makinde, a member of the House of Representatives, has defected from the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was announced on Tuesday, February 23, via the official Twitter handle of the lower legislative chamber.
Legit.ng gathers that Abiola Makinde said he decided to join the ruling APC following alleged irreconcilable differences and crises in the ADC.
The new APC member is the lawmaker representing Ondo East and West in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, The Nation reported that Makinde’s defection was opposed by members of the minority caucus in the House.
Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai who spoke on behalf of the minority caucus said Makinde's defection is unconstitutional and urged the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to declare the seat vacant.
Ossai, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Delta state, argued that the person defecting from the party that sponsored his election must present evidence of why he was defecting, according to the constitution.
In his response, Gbajabiamila defended the new APC member with a counter-argument and ruled the PDP lawmaker out of order.
Meanwhile, a report by The Punch has disclosed an alleged plan by Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state and his Cross River State counterpart, Governor Ben Ayade, to defect to the APC.
The newspaper stated that the negotiations are being handled by the chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
The report added that an impeccable source within the APC said that Governor Ifeanyi Uguwanyi of Enugu state was also being targeted by the APC but had declined their advances.
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