by Paul Osas
It’s a game of numbers at the House of Representatives with members crisscrossing from one party to the other at will. The latest from that front is that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has regained its majority status in the House following the defection of a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) member from Nasarawa State, Honourable David Ombugadu, to the PDP.
On Tuesday, another APC member of the lower chamber from Nasarawa State, Honourable Joseph Kigbu Haruna, had also defected to the PDP.
The Speaker, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, at the plenary session on Thursday, read a letter from Honourable Ombugadu, quoting the lawmaker as saying that he decided to dump the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), which had now merged with APC for PDP, after due consultation with his constituents.
From available records, the PDP now has 174 members as against the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 172 members.
However, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Victor Ogene, while responding to questions from newsmen during the weekly briefing, said it was too early to give any political party in the House a clear majority, saying that “it (the defection) is an ongoing process.”
The defection of the lawmaker had resulted in jubilation among PDP members, as they accompanied him to the PDP leaders for introduction.