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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

My name was wrongly included in list of defectors - Senator makes U-turn

My name was wrongly included in list of defectors - Senator makes U-turn

I have not left APC- Senator Akanbi gives clarification

- Senator Soji Akanbi said he remains a member of the APC

- The Oyo senator said his name was erroneously added to the list

- He insisted that he has no problem with the party

Senator Soji Akanbi who represents Oyo South senatorial district has insisted that he remains a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following report that he had moved to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was earlier reported that Akanbi was one of the 14 APC senators who defected to the PDP on Tuesday, July 24.

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Premium Times however reports that Akanbi said he still remains a member of the APC saying his name was erroneously added to the list.

He said: “Initially today, my name was wrongly mentioned in the list of the people that defected to PDP. A point of order was raised. I was able to clear my name that I’ve never been part of defection from APC to PDP. I remain bona fide member of APC.”

“This is the votes and proceedings of Tuesday 24 July 2018 and my name is not listed on the list of defectors. I remain a bona fide, committed, unrepentant member of APC. I’m here to put the record to order.”

“There is this rumour or speculation when you have ambition, declared or undeclared ambition that you are having crisis in your state with your governor. So, they assumed that having crisis with your governor, automatically (means) you’ll leave the party.

“I am using this medium to say once again that in Oyo State, I don’t have crisis with my governor.”

Meanwhile, barely two hours after 15 senators of the eight Senate dumped the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party, 36 House of Representatives members have done the same.

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Thirty-two lawmakers at the lower chamber joined the PDP while four others joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The defection of the lawmakers was announced at the plenary on Tuesday, July 24, by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The defectors cited division at all levels of the ruling party as the reason for their defection.

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