Two lawmakers in the Federal House of Representatives have defected from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The defectors include Tony Nwoye, from Anambra-East / West Federal Constituency of Anambra State, and Mr. Emmanuel Udende from Katsina-Ala Federal Constituency of Benue State.
Nwoye, before his defection, was chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the PDP.
The development raised the numerical strength of the APC to 215, while the PDP’s dropped to 138.
Members of the majority party celebrated the defection as they hugged, sang and shook hands with Nwoye and Udende; however, many opposition lawmakers were unhappy with the development.
At a point, the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor, a PDP legislator from Delta State, led a protest to halt the defection but he failed.
Ogor had raised a point of order, urging the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, to declare the seats of Nwoye and Udende vacant on the grounds that the PDP was neither factionalised nor in crisis.
But he lost the bid after Dogara, an APC member from Dass/Bogoro/Tafawa Belwa in Bauchi State, overruled him.