A loyalist of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Newspot reports that Chisom Dike representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives dumped the PDP on Thursday.
Announcing Dike’s defection on the floor of the lower chamber, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Dike becomes the second lawmaker to join the APC from Rivers State.
In a letter read by Gbajabiamila, Dike stated that the constant crisis in the PDP prompted his decision to defect to the APC, and the leadership of the Speaker aided his decision to defect.
However, a high-ranking member of the PDP, Ossai Ossai, protested against Dike’s defection.
The lawmaker added that Dike did not present “satisfactory evidence” that there is a crisis in the opposition party.
But Ossai was ruled out of order by Gbajabiamila, who said only the court has the power to adjudicate on the issue.
At this point, the APC members on the floor cheered while the majority leader, Ado Doguwa, said more PDP members will defect to the APC next week.
The minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, raised a point of order and said it is “funny” for the APC members to be happy over defections while there is insecurity across the country.
He said until the APC government is able to provide security, Nigeria is not safe.