The only member of Labour Party in the House of Representatives, Honourable Segun Ogunwuyi on Thursday decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying that he defected with the consent of his constituents.
The defected lawmaker represents Ogbomoso North/South/Oriire Federal Constituency of Oyo state in the House.
The lawmaker notice of defection was read by the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Lasun Yusuf who presided over the plenary session.
The notice read in part, “I wish to notify you and the entire House that I have defected to the All Progressive Congress, APC. This action and decision are as a result of the factionalisation in the Labour party that sponsored my election into the House of Representatives.
“Presently, there are two persons laying claim to the position of the National Chairman of the party with its attendant factional National Executive Committees.
“After wide consultations with my constituents, I have been advised to formally defect to the All Progressive Congress so that we can together actualise our vision of moving our constituency, Oyo state and Nigeria at large forward.
“This action is in tandem with the provisions of Section 68 (1)(g) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended),” he announced.
Addressing newsmen, the lawmaker stated that he defected with the consent of his constituents who voted for him under the LP and the same people would vote for him to return to the House come next year.
Ogunwuyi said that his constituency would have more dividends of democracy now that he is in APC which controls both the Oyo state and the federal government.
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He dismissed the claim that his new party was crisis-ridden, saying that there “is no political party free of crisis ― politics is about crisis management, APC will wax stronger since efforts are ongoing to resolve its crisis at the highest level.”