ABUJA, MARCH 22, 2017 – A member of the House of Representatives, Hassan Anthony, elected under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Benue State, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Honourable Anthony represents Ado/Ogbadibo/Okpokwu constituency in Benue State.
His defection was announced on the floor of the House at the start of Wednesday’s plenary.
In a swift reaction over the defection, Nicholas Ossai of Delta State PDP raised a point of order, urging the speaker to declare Hassan’s seat vacant.
“The Court of Appeal had on 17th February declared Modu Sheriff the authentic Chairman of the PDP, therefore there is no faction in the PDP,” Ossai said.
However, his argument did not see the light of the day as he was ruled out by the Speaker, telling him to bring a copy of the Court of Appeal judgement.
Hassan’s defection to the APC has brought the number of APC representatives to 226 and that of PDP to 124.