George Kajo, Makurdi
Member representing Katsina- Ala West at the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Jacob Orban has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC), to People’s Democratic party (PDP).
The defection was contained in a letter to the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt Hon Titus Uba and read by the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Christopher Adaji who presided during Tuesday’s plenary on 26th July, 2022.
Hon. Orban in his letter cited lack of internal democracy in the APC as the major factor that informed his defection, noting that the development has led to the spring up of several factions and aggrieved groups within the broom Party.
Hon. Orban who is the chairman Benue State House of Assembly standing committee on Culture and Tourism expressed appreciation to the leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress for providing him the opportunity to contest on its platform.
The Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Christopher Adaji on behalf of members congratulated the Katsina Ala West representative on his defection from the broom Party to the umbrella party and assured him of equal opportunities in his new fold.
His defection to PDP has brought the total number of PDP members at the State Assembly to Twenty-six.
The House also received a report from its Standing Committee on public petitions on a petition from Mr Kpaakpa Terwase over illegal removal of his name from the State Government payroll from October 2021.
Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Christopher Adaji who presided over the sitting referred the report to the House Standing Committee on Rules and Business to be slated for debate on a later date.