PDP senators walk out of plenary over defection of member to APC

Senators representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday walked out of the chamber in protest, The Cable reports.

Before the walk out Senate President Bukola Saraki had announced the defection of Yele Omogunwa, a senator from Ondo south, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Omogunwa’s defection did not augur well the PDP senators led by Godswill Akpabio, who demanded that Saraki declare his (Omogunwa’s) seat vacant.

But Saraki declined, and ruled him out of order.

Following Saraki’s refusal, the PDP senators walked out of the chamber.

Akpabio who spoke to journalists after, said the Senate caucus will work with the party’s leadership to ensure Omogunwa’s seat is declared vacant.

‎”We walked out to protect the sanctity of democracy. Our protest is in line with the law,” he said.

“The supreme court has settled the issue there is no division in the PDP, so there is no need for a defection. So, Omogunwa should hand over our seat while he goes to support the APC in Ondo state.”

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