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Breaking: PDP loses legislator to APC on floor of National Assembly


Just days after its national convention, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost a member to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This resulted in a major protest by members of the PDP in the House leading to their walkout.

The angry members had complained after Speaker Yakubu Dogara allowed the defection to stand.

They argued that due to the recent declaration by the Supreme Court, there was no division in the PDP to warrant such a defection.

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Honourable Raphael Igbokwe, a member of the House of Representatives from Imo state on the platform of the PDP suddenly joined the APC on the floor of the chamber on Tuesday, December 19.

The Punch reports that Igbokwe first came to the House in 2011.

The report said Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state was at the National Assembly to witness the defection of Igbokwe at the session presided over by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

Igbokwe, however. said he actually joined the APC in January, 2017 when there was a leadership crisis in the PDP.

NAIJ.com earlier reported how Ife Oyedele, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo state, urged Yoruba people in the Peoples Democratic Party to leave the opposition party.

The Nation reports that the APC chieftain spoke on the backdrop of the PDP’s national convention in which Uche Secondus emerged as chairman of the party.

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