The Ogun State House of Assembly on Tuesday rejected the defection letters of two members of the House over failure to prove the existence of crisis or division in their party.
Suraj Adekunbi (APC-Yewa North1), the Speaker, said this while reacting to the submission of Yinka Mafe (APC-Sagamu1), Majority Leader, who spoke after the Speaker had read the defection letters of the lawmakers during plenary in Abeokuta.
Adekunbi had read a separate letter intimating the House that Biyi Adeleye (Remo North constituency) and Harrison Adeyemi (Ogun Waterside constituency) had defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.
In the letter, Adeleye cited division and crisis in APC both at the State and National levels as the reason he was dumping the party, saying the party had been polarised into two factions.
He stated that his new party shares the same philosophy with him and his constituency.
Meanwhile, Mafe urged the Speaker to discountenance the reasons advanced by the lawmaker that the APC was polarised into two factions.
He said: “APC has one party chairman in the person of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“It will be unfortunate if we allow it to go down that APC has been divided whereas the party has not been divided.
“I want you to tell him to prove to this House that APC is divided.
“If he cannot prove it, the Speaker should use his office to do the needful.”
Adekunbi, however, noted that there was no crisis or division in APC both at the state and national levels.
He said: “On this note, the matter will be set aside until the lawmakers are able to prove to the House that there is crisis in the party.”
Also during plenary, the Speaker read the defection letter of Bowale Solaja (Ijebu North constituency), who defected from the PDP to the APC.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four members of the House had on August 16 defected to two different parties.
Two of the lawmakers, Akintayo Folakemi (Yewa South) and Ojo Viwanu (Ipoka/Idiroko), defected from PDP to APC, while Jemili Akingbade (Imeko Afon) and Atanda Razaq (Yewa North 11) left PDP for African Democratic Congress.
NAN reports that the assembly now has 20 APC members, PDP four, while ADC has two.