👤 By Danjuma Aliyu and Abdul Tukur
THIRTY-SEVEN House of Representatives members have defected from the ruling party today.
The lawmakers from the lower chamber made a similar move to 15 senators who decided to decamp from the All Progressives Congress “after due consultation with our constituents and stakeholders in our constituency.”
Lanre Tejuuso – Ogun Central, Lafiagi Shaaba – Kwara North, Barnabas Gemade – Benue North East, Ibrahim Rafiu – Kwara South, Muhammad Shitu Ubali – Jigawa North East, Isa Misau – Bauchi Central, Suleiman Hunkuyi – Kaduna North, Abdullahi Danbaba – Sokoto South, Usman Bayero Nafada – Gombe North, Suleiman Nazif – Bauchi North, Soji Akanbi – Oyo South and Abdul-Aziz Nyako – Adamawa Central have all decided to decamp from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following a heavy battle with President Muhammadu Buhari, who they have exposed to have broken the constitution by taking money without approval from the National Assembly.
The representative for Oyo Central Senatorial district, Monsurat Sunmonu on the other hand decamped to the African Democratic Congress, ADC.
At the green chamber, Sani Rano, Barry Mpigi, Ali Madaki, Dickson Tackighir, Hassan Saleh, Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuki and Zakari Mohammed are among those who left the APC.
But, a pro Buhari member of the house has said the defection should be challenged at the Court.
Femi Femi Gbajabiamila, who was recently criticised for buying his wife a jeep that cost millions of Naira, argued that a “seat does not belong to you, it belongs to the political party.”