*Crisis in our state PDP chapters forced us out
By Sandra Onyekwere
Two law makers in the nation’s Green Chamber, the House of Representatives, have abandoned the ship of the party that brought them to power, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join opposition and ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The two members of the House of Representatives who announced publicly Thursday their defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) only highlighted a spate of moves of members who had been moving in and out of the two major parties this parliamentary session.
Mr. Zaphania Jisalo representing Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)/Bwari Federal Constituency and Yusuf Tijani representing Okene/Ogori-Magogo in Kogi State both announced the move at plenary session on Thursday on the floor of the parliament generating applause from the gaining party.
Mr. Jisalo, was a former Chairman of AMAC and is a two-time House of Representatives member under PDP. Gisalo is the chairman, house committee on FCT area councils.
Both lawmakers cross carpeted on the floor of the House amid wide protest from PDP lawmakers who attempted to employ legal provisions to stop the movement which further depletes their number and strength in the lower chamber of the parliament.
Both lawmakers, in their letter to the House attributed their defection to division in the various state chapters of their party.
Reacting to the defection, the Minority Whip of the House, Umar Barde, cited Section 68 of Nigerian constitution which states that a legislator will automatically vacate his seat if he/she leaves his political party without division.
However, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara ruled that only the court could decide the fate of both lawmakers.
Reactions from their various constituencies on the development will be expected to show from next week. It is also expected that the entry of both men to the APC Caucus will boost their confidence to defend the ruling party.