The defectors were received at a colorful reception by the leadership of the APC at Igarra, the Headquartres of Akoko-Edo LGA, which also had in attendance serving lawmakers and aspirants into the national and state assemblies, including the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Julius Ihonvbere, who is also a senatorial aspirant, and a House of Representatives aspirant, Anslem Agbabi.
Speaking at the reception rally, the Senator representing Edo North Senatorial District, Domingo Obende, expressed confidence that the party had taken control of the Federal House of Representatives, with the recent defection of the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.
Obende, who described the withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security details by the Nigeria Police as unconstitutional, stated that the current change in the House of Representatives was a precursor to the wind of change the APC would bring about in the 2015 general elections.
“The position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives is not a position of a political party but a position that is given to someone in the chambers to lead the others. They are equal but one has to [be] given the power to lead.
“I do not know where PDP is coming from [but] withdrawing his police details, is very wrong, very unconstitutional and it has to be restored.
“The change already happening in the National Assembly is a pointer to the change that we are going to witness next year.
“I want to say to you that there is nothing the PDP can do about the speaker; there is no way they can raise 240 members to impeach Tambuwal and since they cannot do that, the APC is now fully in charge of the House of Representatives and I want to say that today, we must know that God is working in our direction.
“This change cannot come if you and I are not in oneness. This change will not come if you and I are not committed to our party. We must work hard, there should be no rancor”, the senator said.
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