PDP senators stage walkout over defection of Ondo senator

The defection of Senator Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South), who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), caused uproar in the Senate on Wednesday morning.


Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced the defection at plenary through a notification letter, said Omogunwa’s decision was in reflection of the recent developments in Ondo State.

With the lawmaker’s change of party, all the three Senators from Ondo are now members of the APC.

Meanwhile, there was a mild drama when Saraki was reading Omogunwa’s letter as some APC Senators were seen jubilating over the Ondo Senator’s defection while their PDP counterparts were also shouting “go, go, go” to Omogunwa, resulting into momentary rowdy session.

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, also raised a Point of Order to protest Omogunwa’s defection to APC without a cogent reason, urging the Senate President to declare his seat vacant.

But Akpabio was ruled out of order by Saraki, who also cited another relevant section of the Senate Standing Orders.

Senator Dino Melaye raised another constitutional point of order, insisting that the PDP was not only fictionalized but that there was a wide “gulf” in the opposition party.

Consequently, PDP Senators staged a walkout to address the Senate Press Corps.



  1. Hurray ! Good news
    They should get lost and never come back
    Their mission all along has been to serve as stumbling block to the progress and development of this nation
    They are hell bent in scuppering all the good works Buhari has been putting in place to turn this nation around
    The PDP spent a whooping 16 years causing grave damage to this nation by looting the public fund from left, right and centre without caring a hoot about infrastructural development
    The nation will have a lot to benefit without these spoiler PDP senators

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