OrderPaperToday – The political camp of Governor Nyesom Wike has suffered another blow as another House of Representatives member has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The latest “decampee” is Mr. Promise Chisom Dike representing Tai/Eleme/Oyigbo federal constituency of Rivers State. He was elected into the House on the PDP platform.
However, on Thursday, he announced his defection to the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The new development leaves several speculations on the governor’s stronghold in the party both at the state and national level.
Recall that in 2020 another member from Rivers, Mr. Ephraim Nwuzi, also defected from the PDP to APC. However, the remaining lawmakers (three senators and eleven House members) are still on the PDP platform.
The defection of Dike was announced by the Speaker of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, during the plenary session. While reading the letter from Dike, the Speaker said the lawmaker’s decision to join the ruling party was informed by crises and division in the PDP in Rivers State. Additionally, Dike, in his letter, described Gbajabiamila’s leadership as accommodating.
The Rivers lawmaker said the APC was the right party for him. As he cheerily said, “I am finally home.”
But in a swift reaction, a PDP lawmaker for Delta, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossia, opposed the reasons cited by Dike, saying there was no evidence of his claims and insisted that he (Dike) ought to have pre-informed the House by putting it on notice with evidence.
However, the Speaker ruled Ossai out of order stating, “If you are talking about judicial or legislative evidence, the person in question is speaking for himself and the judiciary. Whoever is not satisfied can approach the court for judicial interpretation.”
After which, the Speaker curiously sort to hear from the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu. The Minority Leader expressed disappointment that members were joining a party that could not provide security for the lives and properties of Nigerians.
“Mr. Speaker, it’s very funny, how the APC-led government is priding themselves that they intimidate people to join their party while Nigerians can’t sleep. There is insecurity in the nation. Today, Zamfara is locked out. Even Katsina is totally locked up.”
Elumelu went on to say that “an Emir recently just installed has been kidnapped. Too bad, that an Emir who came just this week for a visa and went home to just get documents that will enable him go for his medical check-up has been kidnapped. This clearly shows that APC-led government has failed.”
However, Gbajabiamila interjected the Minority Leader and urged him to bring a motion to the effect instead of cutting corners. “Do you want to bring a motion on security? The issue is the crossing of one of your members to APC. You are therefore ruled out of order”.