Omogunwa’s Defection: PDP Senators stage walkout as Ekweremadu accosts Saraki
Senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday staged a walkout during senate plenary session over the defection of Senator Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Following the reading of the letter of defection from Omogunwa by Bukola Saraki, a rowdy session ensued with Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio swiftly challenging the action, stating that as lawmakers, they must not encourage political ‘r ascality’.
He argued that the seat belongs to PDP and since there was no crisis in the party following the ruling of the Supreme Court which recognised Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the leader of the party, the Senator’s seat must be declared out of order.
The Akwa Ibom ex-governor was immediately countered by Senator Dino (Melaye, APC, Kogi West) who said the decision to decamp was constitutional and open to any individual at any time.
When efforts by Senator Akpabio to speak again proved abortive as he was not granted audience by Senate President Saraki, he then led all other PDP senators out of the chamber.
Speaking with journalists shortly after this action, Akpabio asserted that the senate caucus would work with the leadership of the PDP to ensure that Omogunwa’s seat was declared vacant.
He maintained that the Supreme Court judgement had settled any crisis betiding the party, adding that there was no division in the PDP; hence, a defection was needless.
Until his defection, Omogunwa was the only PDP senator from Ondo state with Ajayi Boroffice, representing Ondo north, and Tayo Alasoadura, Ondo central on the platform of the APC.
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