12th February, 2014
Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its committee on ethics to investigate allegation by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is enticing APC lawmakers with millions of dollars to defect.
Five APC lawmakers defected to PDP on Tuesday.
The defection has boosted the strength of PDP which was on the verge of losing its majority in the House before the defection.
Lai Mohammed, spokesperson for the opposition APC had in a statement issued shortly after the defection accused the ruling PDP of enticing the lawmakers to dump their party will thousands of dollars. However, the PDP in a statement signed by Olisa Metuh, its spokesperson denied the accusation.
Kingsley Chinda, a member of the House of Representative from Rivers State moved a motion in which he alleged that the accusation by the APC impugns on the integrity of members of the National Assembly.
This led to a brief argument between members of both parties in the house with Representatives of PDP asking for proof to back the claim.
However, Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker eventually ruled that the issue be passed on the Ethics and Privileges Committee for investigation as the motion was approved. The Committee is expected to turn in its report in two weeks.
PDP also dismissed as false alarm, the statement by APC that lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP.
“We are expecting more defections to the PDP. We have consistently told Nigerians that the PDP would emerge from its challenges a stronger party and this is what we are witnessing.” Metuh said .