Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Nigerian Senate have staged a walk out from the chamber, following uproar that trailed the defection of Yele Omogunwa to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Mr. Omogunwa, Ondo South, came to the Senate on the platform of the PDP, but announced his defection to the APC on the eve of last Saturday’s Ondo governorship election won by his new party’s candidate, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
On Wednesday, Senate President Bukola Saraki read Mr. Omogunwa’s letter through which he formally informed his colleagues of his defection.
In the letter read by Mr. Saraki, Mr. Omogunwa mentioned division in the PDP as ground for cross carpeting.
The Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, then raised a point of order saying there was no division in the PDP, leading to a shouting match between the opposition senators and their APC colleagues who stood to welcome Mr. Omogunwa to their fold.
Consequently, Mr. Akpabio led PDP senators to a walk out.
Then, Ovie Omo-Agege, Labour Party Senator from Delta, was asked to assume the role of minority vacated by the PDP, and proceedings continued.