The standing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was further cemented in the House of Representatives as two members from opposition parties, Aliyu Datti (Peoples Democratic Party, Kano State) and Shiddi Usman Danjuma (All Progressives Grand Alliance, Taraba) both defected to the ruling party.
Speaking at the plenary, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, read their letters of defection to members on the floor.
Efforts by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu; and Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu, to kick against the defections of the two lawmakers were turned down by the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
The two opposition leaders had argued that the reason cited by the lawmakers for their defections, which was that there were crises and divisions in their former parties, was untrue and invalid.
Gbajabiamila, however, dismissed the protests by the opposition leaders.
He noted that Yau’s defection made all the 24 members from Kano to be in APC.