LEGISREPORTS NG: The All Progressives Congress, APC, has become the majority party in the House of Representatives in place of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with 13 more members crossing carpet among the various parties in the House. the new configuration of the House is as follows: APC— 179; PDP— 162; smaller parties—19, bringing the total to 360.
As at yesterday, eight legislators who were hitherto in the ruling party defected to various parties. They include: Hon. Abdulmalik Cheche (Niger), who was alleged to have attempted to slap the Senate President, David Mark. He left the PDP for the APC.
Others who defected to APC include: Victor Ogene, APGA (Anambra); Fort Dike, APGA (Anambra); Ibrahim Kamba, PDP (Kebbi); Garba Umar, PDP (Kebbi); Abdumalik Cheche, PDP (Niger); Chukwuemeka Nwogbo, APGA (Anambra) as well as Zakari Haliru, PDP (Niger).
However, Madwatte Anthony, PDP (Adamawa) defected to the PDM; Wison Nathaniel,PDP (Adamawa) defected to SDP while Benjamin Aboho from PDP (Benue) also defected to APGA.
Tambuwal had earlier also announced the defections of Eddie Mbadiwe (Imo) from APGA to the PDP just as the little known Social Democratic Party, SDP, gained three more members, two in Ogun State and one in Taraba. Both Reps.
Murtala Kayode Busari and Ibrahim Adeniyi, formerly of APC and Accord respectively, joined the SDP in Ogun State, just as Rep. Jerry Manwe left the ruling PDP in Taraba for the party.