Ogun Reps member defects to APC

Another member of the House of Representatives, Hon Jimoh Aremu Olaifa, on Wednesday, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced the lawmaker’s defection on the floor of House at the Plenary.

According to him, the lawmaker said he was dumping his Party, the ADC as a result of the crisis rocking it which had defied all solutions.

The lawmaker further explained that as a result of the crisis and failed efforts at resolving them, he went in search of a political platform along with his followers, narrowing down the available choice to the PDP and the APC, but decided to settle for the APC.

In his letter of defection, he commended the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for convincing him to choose the APC.

However, the Deputy Minority Leader, Rep Toby Okechukwu, raised a point of order in opposition to the defection, saying that the defection was in breach of the constitution which states the qualifications for any member to defect to another party.

He said the letter of defection contradicted itself when it stated in one paragraph that there was a crisis in the party and in another, it stated that the state governor convinced him into joining the APC.

According to the Deputy Minority Leader, “Mr Speaker, you are quite aware that there is no crisis in the ADC.”

However, the Speaker cut him short saying “I am not aware that there is no crisis in the ADC because I am not a member of the party. In any case, let me ask you, who is the Chairman of the ADC?

“Let me use the same term I used the last time and it is legal terminology and that term is a meddlesome interloper. You are a meddlesome interloper and so you are ruled out of order.”

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