Ogun Senators Present Letter of Defection To SenateFeatured, Latest News, Politics Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators from Ogun State in National Assembly and seven out of the Nine House of Representatives members to the newly formed Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The three senators from the State according to Senator Adegboyega Kaka ( Ogun East), had already presented their separate letters of defection to the Senate President, David Mark, while their counterparts from the state in the House of Representatives, will do likewise when the House resumes plenary on the 3rd of December this year.
He disclosed at a media briefing on Tuesday that himself, Senators Akin Odunsi (Ogun West) and Gbenga Obadara (Ogun Central) in their separate letters, attributed their action to the fractionalisation of the APC in the state, which had led to the formation of two parallel executives at all levels in the state.
He said:”This is to formally inform you and the general public that we, the three Senators representing Ogun State, have just delivered our letters to the leadership of the Senate, notifying him of our resignation from APC and declaring for the SDP.
“This was consequent upon the fractionalisation in the party (APC in Ogun State) leading to the emergence of parallel executives from wards, local government areas to state levels.
“All our protests, appeals and demands for justice from the national leadership yielded no result. Rather, the faction that flagrantly flouted the party guidelines was given recognition by the National Executive.
“We subsequently did not partake in the national convention, as we rightly believe in the legal aphorism that, ‘you cannot build something on noting and expect it to stand.
We are therefore left with no option than to withdraw their membership of the APC after due consultations with their constituents.
“He said that from the registration of the APC, the situation in Ogun State was greeted with series of crises and since they saw that the marriage cannot work, their constituents demanded that they should pull out of the arrangement.
“Enough is enough, there is no force marriage anywhere. Since it could not work, we have resolved to part way with them and we believe that where there is no justice, there is no peace and unity” he added.
The senators also threw their weight behind the action of the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, who also dumped the APC for SDP, but refused to vacate his seat.
They said, ” The defection of the deputy governor would not be the first, it had happened before. We have states like Nasarawa where the governor and his deputy belonged to separate political parties.
“Meanwhile , senators belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), met behind closed door again yesterday immediately after plenary over their yet to be resolved problems with their respective state governors who allegedly shut them out of the ward congresses the party had two Saturdays ago.
The senators who throughout last week abruptly shut down the senate in protest against the alleged marginalization, upon which they demanded for President Jonathan’s intervention and met him last weekend, refused to disclose the reason why they met again yesterday.
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