Prominent Rep Member Defects to APC ahead of 2023, Gives Reason

Prominent Rep Member Defects to APC ahead of 2023, Gives Reason

  • The ruling APC has again been strengthened as a rep member from Benue, Godday Samuel Odagboyi, dumps his party, Labour Party
  • Odagboyi's defection was announced on Tuesday, September 28, by the speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila
  • The Benue lawmaker said he decided to join the APC due to the internal crisis in his (former) party

National Assembly, Abuja - Godday Samuel Odagboyi, a member of the House of Representatives representing Apa/Agatu federal constituency of Benue state, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Cable reported that the speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced Odagboyi’s defection at the plenary on Tuesday, September 28.

Godday Samuel Odagboyi: Prominent Rep Member from Benue Defects to APC ahead of 2023
Godday Samuel Odagboyi, a member of the House of Representatives, has defected from the Labour Party (LP) to the APC. Photo credit: House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Source: Facebook gathers that Odagboyi explained that he defected to the APC because of the “lingering crisis” in the LP.

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He said in a letter read by the speaker:

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“I have fully registered and commenced party activities. My exit has become necessary because of the lingering crisis on my former party. And your untiring leadership qualities displayed since the commencement of this assembly."

PDP’s Senator Steven Odey defects to APC after losing seat

In a related development, Senator Steven Odey, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has defected to the APC.

Odey was sacked from Senate in August after an election appeal tribunal rejected his argument that he was duly sponsored by the PDP for the December 5, 2020 by-election in Cross River North.

The former lawmaker defected with many of his supporters in his ward, Yache, in the Yala local government area of Cross River state on Saturday, September 25.

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Ex-deputy governor, 14 other APC chieftains defect to PDP in Gombe

Meanwhile, Lazarus Yoriyo, a former deputy governor of Gombe state, and 14 other chieftains of the ruling APC have defected to the PDP alongside their supporters.

Yoriyo said at the PDP secretariat on Saturday, September 25, that he was not impressed with the happenings in the ruling APC.

In his remarks, the chairman of the PDP in the state, Maj. Gen. Abnor Kwaskebe, lauded the determination of the defectors to retrace their steps.


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