By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
•As PDP senators meet again over automatic ticket
Crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State snowballed into the National Assembly yesterday with defection of the three senators from the state and seven out of the nine House of Representatives members to the newly formed Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The three senators from the State, according to Senator Adegboyega Kaka (Ogun East), had already presented their separate letters of defection to the Senate President, David Mark, while their counterparts from the state in the House of Representatives, will do likewise when the House resumes plenary on the 3rd of December this year.
He disclosed this at a media briefing yesterday, saying that himself, Senators Akin Odunsi (Ogun West) and Gbenga Obadara (Ogun Central) defected due to the fractionalisation of the APC in the state, which had led to the formation of two parallel executives at all levels in the state.
He said “This is to formally inform you and the general public that we, the three senators representing Ogun State, have just delivered our letters to the leadership of the Senate, notifying him of our resignation from APC and declaring for the SDP.
“This was consequent upon the fractionalisation in the party in Ogun State, leading to the emergence of parallel executives from wards, local government areas to state levels.
“All our protests, appeals and demands for justice from the national leadership yielded no result. Rather, the faction that flagrantly flouted the party guidelines was given recognition by the National Executive.
“We subsequently did not partake in the national convention, as we rightly believe in the legal aphorism that, ‘you cannot build something on noting and expect it to stand.’
“We are therefore left with no option than to withdraw their membership of the APC after due consultations with their constituents.”
Meanwhile , senators belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met behind closed door again yesterday immediately after plenary over their yet to be resolved problems with their respective state governors who allegedly shut them out of the ward congresses the party had two Saturdays ago.
Efforts made to know the motive behind the meeting and what transpired there among the senators proved abortive as the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba said “no comment today on our meeting”.