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Despite Defection, Tambuwal Will Remain Speaker -APC Reps

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila

*We are waiting for Party Decision -PDP Reps

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja.

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The APC Caucus led by Femi Gbajabiamila insisted that Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House and Nigerians as practice universally

The caucus, which addressed reporters after the Speaker’s defection on Tuesday said, “He remains a member of the House and the Speaker for all members and Nigerians. He has been a bridge builder and even with this, he will continue to do so.

“As a caucus, we pledge our support for the House leadership and ask for vigilance”.

On the other hand, the PDP members led by House Leader Mulikat Akande said it was awaiting party decision on the matter. The caucus said that the defection of the Speaker was his personal decision.

They called on the Judiciary to interpret section 68g of the 1999 constitution, which borders on defection adding that justice delayed is justice denied.

Leo Ogor, Deputy Leader who briefed journalists on behalf of the caucus said that the PDP members would continue to watch as event unfolds.

“PDP still control majority in the House and our position will always carry. So his defection means nothing”.


On the sudden adjournment of plenary, Akande said that Tambuwal played a fast one on her because she did not know that speaker was planning to defect.


She explains that the adjournment was to enable committee to go on oversight preparatory to the presentation of the budget.

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