Rowdy Session As PDP Senators Block Colleague’s
Defection To APC
– There was a mild drama at the Senate on Wednesday, January 17, as senators under PDP prevented their colleague Sonni Ogbuoji from defecting to APC
– Ogbuoji had earlier announced his intention to dump PDP citing the crisis within the party as his reason for defection
– But other PDP senators interrupted him and soon the chamber became noisy
Drama ensued at the Senate on Wednesday, January 17 after senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prevented their colleague representing Ebonyi south, Sonni Ogbuoji, from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Premium Times reports that coming under order 43, Ogbuoji announced his intention to dump the PDP citing the “crisis” within the party as his reason for defection.
We gathered that apparently aware of his intention, other PDP senators interrupted him and soon the chamber became noisy.
Senator Sonni Ogbuoji representing Ebonyi south at the Senate
The rowdiness lasted for about 10 minutes while the PDP senators physically blocked Ogbuoji from moving away from the opposition wing.
Ogbuoji thereafter rescinded his decision to the delight of his party members.
He said: “Mr. President, I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning.
“When I started, my colleagues from my party PDP feel that I needed to consult with them because of the love they’ve shown me, I want to step down my…”
His voice was again drowned by cheers by the PDP lawmakers.
Senate President Bukola Saraki jokingly urged the Senator to signify any other time he wants to effect the defection.
“In line with our rules which says there cannot be any further debates on this, his point of order is noted. Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, I will keep the whole day free for you for anytime you want to come back on order 43 today before the close of the session,” he said.
It was previously reported that Senator Sonni Ogbuoji on December 31, decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The senator showed up at the APC southeast caucus meeting, which held at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the science and technology minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, to announce his defection.
It was reported that the senator claimed that the PDP is currently riddled with crisis, far beyond what many can see and added that the level of governance offered by PDP governors is detrimental to the party and Ndigbo.