James Emejo in Abuja
The spate of defection in the House of Representatives continuedÂ thursday as the only Labour Party lawmaker, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi, representing Ogbomosho/North/South/Orire federal constituency of Oyo State defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Ogunwuyiâ€™s letter, which was read on the floor of the House by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Sulaimon Yusuf Lasun, he left the Labour Party due to its â€œfactionalisationâ€ at the national level.
â€œI wish to notify you and the entire House that I have defected to the APC. This action and decision is as a result of the factionalisation in the Labour Party that sponsored my election into the House of Representatives.
â€œPresently there are two persons laying claim to the position of the national chairman of the party will its attendant factional national executive committee.
He said: â€œAfter wide consultations with my constituents, I have been advised to formally defect to the APC so that were can together actualize our vision of moving our constituency, Oyo state and Nigeria at large.â€
The lawmaker submitted that â€œthis action is in tandem with the provisions of section 68 (1) (g) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)â€.
His defection, brings the nominal roll of APC members in the lower chamber to 230 members while the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 122 members.