The formal defection of Senator Sonni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi South) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was temporarily stalled on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday as his colleagues in his former party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, blocked the move.
The juicy blog had reported here that Ogbuoji, who is a second term Senator, during the Senate’s recess for the Christmas and New Year holidays, announced his defection to the APC, citing the crisis in the PDP, which he said was far beyond what many can see.
He also alleged that the level of governance offered by PDP governors is detrimental to the party and Ndigbo in general.
Coming under order 43 of the Senate rules earlier today, Mr. Ogbuoji formally announced his intention to defect to APC but his speech was cut short by other PDP Senators, leading to a mild drama.
The rowdiness lasted for about 10 minutes while the PDP Senators physically blocked their colleague from moving away from the opposition wing.
Mr. Ogbuoji thereafter rescinded his decision to the delight of his party members.
“Mr. President, I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning”, he said.
“When I started, my colleagues from my party, PDP, feel that I needed to consult with them. Because of the love they’ve shown me, I want to step down my…”
His voice was again drowned by cheers of jubilation by the PDP Senators.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, jokingly urged Ogbuoji to signify any other time he wants to effect the defection.
“In line with our rules which says there cannot be any further debates on this, his point of order is noted. Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, I will keep the whole day free for you for anytime you want to come back on order 43 today before the close of the session”, Senator Saraki said.