Political calculations in the Plateau State House Of Assembly has been distorted following the defection of Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi alongside the Minority Whip, Na’amlong Daniel from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
The latest movement of the PDP legislators to the ruling party has put the APC in firm control with the majority of 13 to 8 which was occupied by the PDP at the beginning of the 8th Assembly.
Announcing their decisions at the plenary session of the House, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Gagdi, representing Kantana constituency and Minority Whip, Na’amlong Daniel, representing Mikang constituency stated that the current leadership tussle rocking the PDP informed their decisions to move to the ruling party in the state.
They explained that this is to enable them offer better representation to their constituencies at the legislative chamber.
The PDP in the state has since reacted to the defection of the duo.
The Public Relations Officer, John Akans, condemned their action, describing it as unconstitutional and “unacceptable” as the party will exhaust all constitutional means to reclaim its mandate.
The latest defection of the two legislators is the third in the series, following the defection of former Governor of Plateau state and senator representing Plateau central at the Senate, Joshua Dariye from PDP to the APC.