The lawmaker representing Ogbomoso North/South/Oriire Federal Constituency, Segun Ogunwuyi, today defected from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ogunwuyi said he took the decision due to intractable crisis in the APC in Oyo state, which had forced some members to join other parties.
Besides, he said his constituents mandated him to resign, following the unending crises caused by alleged high-handedness of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who runs the party as a sole administrator.
Ogunwuyi, who addressed journalists in Abuja today, cited alleged shabby treatment of party members and stakeholders.
The Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, announced the defection of the lawmaker and some other lawmakers at plenary today.
In a letter to the speaker, Ogunwuyi said he left the APC because of its unending internal crisis.
The lawmaker cited the provision of section 68 (i) (g) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to support his defection.
He said that the division in APC had gotten to an irreconcilable level as some persons were running the affairs of the party like sole proprietors. He added that his defection to PDP was supported by his constituents.
A statement by his special assistant on media and publicity, Peter Adegbola Ayoade, quoted the lawmaker as saying:
“The Rt.Hon.Speaker, my decision to leave the APC for PDP is supported by the leaders and constituents of my constituency.
“This is considering the troubling fact of division within the national and state leadership of the party. After wide consultations with my constituents, I have been advised to formally defect to PDP so that we can together actualize our vision of moving our Constituency, Oyo state and Nigeria at large forward. Therefore, may I kindly inform all here of this formal decision in this plenary.
“While I assure you of my highest esteem, be further assured of my total commitment to the legislative agenda of this 8th National Assembly under your leadership and support for the government,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Dogara said “based on the rules of the house, there cannot be further debate on the matter since the representative brought his notification to the Chamber via Order 43’’.