BREAKING: Jubilation as House of Assembly Members Join Peter Obi's Labour Party, Photos Emerge

BREAKING: Jubilation as House of Assembly Members Join Peter Obi's Labour Party, Photos Emerge

  • In a major boost for the ruling Labour Party (LP) in Abia state, two stated lawmakers have announced their defection to the ruling Labour Party (LP)
  • Their defection was announced during the plenary session of the Abia assembly on Tuesday, May 14
  • Legit.ng reports that in Nigeria, politicians defect from one political party to another when their political interest is no longer guaranteed

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Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria.

Umuahia, Abia state - Two Young Progressive Party (YPP) members in the Abia house of assembly have dumped the party to join the state chapter of the Labour Party (LP).

Legit.ng reports that Peter Obi made the LP more popular in 2023 with his candidature in the presidential election.

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Abia State: Two lawmakers dump YPP for Labour Party
Barrister Julius Abure, the factional national chairman of the LP, would be happy with the development. Photo credit: Julius Abure
Source: Twitter

As reported by The Nation, the lawmakers from the Osisioma local government area (LGA) of the state, Iheanacho Nwogu of Osisioma North State Constituency and Fyne Ahuama of Osisioma South constituency joined the LP officially on Tuesday, May 14, during the plenary.

Their letters to defect to the LP were read by the speaker of the Abia state house of assembly, Emmanuel Emeruwa.

Legit.ng reports that in the Nigerian context, politicians defect from one political party to another when their political interest is no longer guaranteed.

The legitimacy of political defections in Nigeria is drawn from the fundamental human right which is in section 40(6) of the Nigerian constitution.

This section states that:

“Every person is entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union and association in the protection of his interests.”

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Obi denies alleged plan to leave Labour Party

Legit.ng earlier reported that Obi reacted to reports that he plans to dump the LP for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ahead of the 2027 general election.

Addressing Nigerians on X Space hosted by Parallel Facts recently, Obi said he is still a member of the Labour Party and will never be involved in anti-party activities.

Source: Legit.ng

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