22 February 2017
The lawmaker representing the Anambra-South senatorial district, Andy Uba, has officially announced his defection from the Peoples democratic party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uba had written to the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, about his defection and the letter was read to lawmakers during the plenary on Tuesday.
A decision that did not sit well with the PDP caucus as it said Uba would lose his seat in the chamber since the mandate belonged to the opposition party.
The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, while making the demand on behalf of the caucus under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Rules, also called for Uba’s removal as Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts.
The committee, which is the only one recognised by the constitution, is traditionally occupied by the opposition.
Akpabio, therefore, urged Saraki to sack Uba from the office within 24 hours.
“That position belongs to the PDP and it (PDP) was the party that contested the election in Anambra. This is a notice of our intention to go to court to reclaim that seat. I just want to let you know that, automatically, since the party is not in dispute, his seat is in peril,” he said.
With Senator Uba’s defection, the number of PDP senators has now reduced to 42, while that of APC has risen to 65.
Senator Uba’s defection came barely a month and two days after Senator Nelson Asuquo Effiong, Akwa Ibom South, dumped the PDP for the APC.
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