Two members of the House of Representatives, Zephaniah Jisalo (AMAC/Bwari federal constituency, FCT) and Yusuf Tijjani (Okene/Ogori-Magogo federal constituency, Kogi) have defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The duo informed the House of their defection in separate letters read on the floor by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara. They attributed their defection to division in the various state chapters of their party.
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.
But the speaker ruled that only the court could decide the fate of the defected members.