Ogun state House of Assembly (OGHA), yesterday rejected notification letters of defection presented by two of its lawmakers before the House over failure to establish grounds for their defection.
The Assembly, presided over by its Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraj Ishola Adekunbi also set aside their notification letters of defection pending when the lawmakers are able to provide satisfactory grounds for their defection before the House.
The affected lawmakers: Hon Biyi Adeleye representing Remo North state constituency and his colleague, Harrison Adeyemi representing Ogun Waterside state constituency had submitted separate letters to the office of the Speaker, informing the House of their intending defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In their letters read before the House by Speaker Adekunbi, Adeleye cited, “division and crisis” in the APC both at the state and national level as reason for their intention to dump the party, stressing that the party had been polarised into two factions.
He however, justified his defection to the PDP by saying that his newly found party shared the same philosophy with him and his constituent.
But reacting to the letters after they had been read to the House, Majority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Yinka Mafe (APC) representing Sagamu state constituency 1 urged the Speaker to discountenance the reasons advanced by the lawmakers that the state chapter of APC was polarised into two factions.
Mafe argued that, “APC has one national party chairman in person of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. It will be unfortunate if we allow it to go down that APC has been divided whereas the party has not been divided.
“I want you to tell him to prove to this House that APC is divided. If he cannot prove it, the Speaker should use his office to do the needful”.
Reacting to Mafe’s observation however, the Speaker, Adekunbi maintained that there was no crisis or division within the APC either at the state and national levels.
“On this note, the matter will be set aside until the lawmakers are able to prove to the House that there is crisis in the party”.
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