The Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Godiya Akwashiki, has announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Deputy Speaker, Nasarawa State, House of Assembly, Godiya Akwashiki, defection, All Progressive Congress, Peoples Democratic Party
Mr. Akwashiki was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Nassarawa Eggon West constituency at the Assembly.
His defection was contained in a letter read on the floor of the assembly by the Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Lafia.
After reading the letter, Abdullahi congratulated his deputy for taking the right step at the right time and assured him of their supports at all times.
In the letter, Akwashiki hinged his defection on the ongoing leadership crisis in the PDP at the national level.
“The crisis rocking our party at the national level between Sen. Makarfi faction and Sen. Sheriff faction is the reason why I dumped PDP and defected to APC.
“After due consultation with my party stakeholders, the people of my constituency and other people in the state, I deem it necessary to dump PDP and to defect to APC, so as to contribute my quota to the development of the state and Nigeria at large”, he stated.
In his comment, the speaker welcomed the lawmaker to the APC and assured people of the state of the assembly’s determination to enact laws that would improve their lives.
He said the assembly was satisfied with the efforts of Gov. Tanko Al-Makura to make positive impact in the state.
A member of the PDP in the assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Muluku said although Akwashiki’s decision was personal, he was deeply touched by the action of the deputy speaker.