PDP senators protest, walk out from Senate sitting

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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.


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  • Gerald Okoduwa

    So Akpabio does not believe there is a division in PDP. Wonders will never end.

  • Let me warn you

    It is an usual practice…

  • Abdullah Musa

    They will be driven out enmasse democratically come 2019.

  • Mogaino

    Tell me where there is no division, is APC free from division ?

    • Abdulkadir

      But the man simply left them to where he thinks coherence is obtainable. Why the bad mouth?

      • Man_Enough

        Maybe association is now by force.

  • SamPsalm

    This is not fair. It is not division. Stealing, fighting, killing and destruction of each other and the rest of the country is not ‘division’. It is the highest demonstration of PDP love. Senate should look into the matter. Please, what a defamation

  • sammyctu ode

    Let the pdp so called senators walk out they actually belong to prisons anyway with what they did to Nigeria for sixteen years. What’s d big deal of a senator crossing carpet to another party? If it’s the wish of his constituents why not.

    • share Idea

      Please can you tell us how determine the wish of his constituency?

      • tundemash

        Because there has not been any complain from his constituency.

  • Oracle

    So the grand plan of APC is to plant a mole/fifth columnist like Sheriff and Co into PDP to cause chaos in the party. This then pave the way for cross carpeting in the name of “division”.
    Which of all the party is it without challenges. If PDP has 2 factions, APC has more.
    Sheriff is an APC agent with an assignment to destroy PDP.

    • utolason

      Wake up, young man. Face the issue! It was the PDP governors that nominated and orchestrated the appointment of Sheriff as a chairman to complete the tenure of the previous chairman.

    • tundemash

      U claimed “Sheriff is an APC agent with an assignment to destroy PDP.”

      You ought to include Fayose, Mimiko, Wike and yourself (who unthinkingly support the trio I mentioned) in that your agent list who begged Modu Sherrif to be Chairman.

    • serubawon70

      You are very right. After destroying PDP then APC will collect Modu Sheriff money as PDP did and promise him the presidential ticket. Very logical.

  • James Ojapa

    2019 will be very interesting. The battle within APC will be unprecedented and cannot be predicted by any political pundit now. Buhari till 2023.

  • Barometer

    Britain is the enemy of Nigeria. How could someone go to Europe and colonize France, Belgium, Germany and perhaps Porugal and Greek and decide to amalgamate these separate entities with separate values, languages, cultures, religion etc into one Country? Would that country survive? Would the Germans accept the French as leaders or will the French accept the Portuguese and the Greek as leaders? Para venture politicians from Greek and Protugal become the Leaders of such an unfortunate country where France (Biafra) and Germany (Niger Delta) are members, will that country progress? Lets revert to pre-1914 countries that existed so that these bickering cab be abated once and for all- and justice, equity, peace and development reign in every country. It is evil to place a man from Sapele in the same country with a man from Kebbi. It doesn’t make sense at all. How will they ever converge in ideas? How?

    • Otile

      Do you now see that Igbo people have always had foresight only that evil forces have prevailed and kept Nigeria backwards?

    • FEMI A USA

      You are right. Nigeria will split at certain time because we do not share the same values. I am not keeping any hope alive. The Center does not hold. The masses and rulers are corrupt.

  • Man_Enough

    Those senators can save us a lot of grief by staying away permanently from the hallowed chambers.

  • ebong

    PDP was in disarray,Wike,Fayose, Akpabio and Mimiko traveled to Chad and begged Ali Sheriff to help them lead the party. Buhari was never part of that delegation and he never sent any representative.So it is madness to blame Buhari for what Ali Sheriff may be doing in PDP. Sheriff came in and released millions of naira into the party,so after enjoying his money,they now want to dump him! Ali Sheriff will not leave PDP without giving someone a hunch back.