The alleged defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the opposition party (PDP) has fueled the disunity between House of Representatives of All progressive Congress (APC) and the People Democratic Party (PDP) as the battle of who controls the House of Representative deepens.
The APC remains the majority party in the House with members putting its strength between 181 and 192 and that of the PDP at between 156 and 165.
APGA and ADC have five members each, SDP has two while UPP and Accord have one each while one seat is vacant.
The Nation reports that key players in the APC and the PDP are doing everything possible to ensure that their party is in control of the House till the end of the eighth session of the NASS.
Reliable Sources disclosed that Dogora will pull no fewer than 20 APC Rep members who are loyal to him once he officially moves.
The aim is to make the PDP the majority party in the House so that Dogara can retain his position as Speaker.
The APC is nothing relenting either.
Sources said the party is determined to retain its majority in the House and is expecting a sizeable number of PDP defectors mainly from Ekiti and Benue States.
Sources close to Dogara believe it will be difficult to remove him in view of the sheer number of votes required to do so.
Section 50 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended stipulates that two-thirds or 240 votes in the 360-seat House of Representatives are required to remove the Speaker.
Though, the Leader of the House and of the APC Caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila has maintained silence on the matter, a number of APC lawmakers feel that Dogara should not be sitting on the chair of the Speaker when the House returns from its current recess.
When asked to express his reaction to Dogara’s defection and the next steps being contemplated, Gbajabiamila only sent a terse text message: “No comment for now” The nation reports.