A member of the House of representatives from Benue State, Hon. Saleh Hassan Anthony has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
With the new defection the APC members in the House stands at 226 while PDP members reduced to 124.
Hassan’s defection was announced at the floor of the plenary, by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
He cited division in the PDP as his reason for leaving the PDP.
But the Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai raised a point of order, urging the speaker to declare Mr. Hassan’s seat vacant.
“The court of Appeal has on 17th February declared Modu Sheriff the authentic Chairman of the PDP, therefore there is no faction in the PDP,” Ossai said
Dogara however ruled Ossai out of order, as he said a copy of the court of appeal judgement should be produced at the plenary.