SENATOR Andy Uba, Anambra South, yesterday, told the Senate that he had dumped his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who announced it, explained that Uba was exploiting section 68(1)(G), which had been validly tested in the Supreme Court, just as he said he had already enrolled his membership with APC in his ward.
With Senator Uba’s defection, the number of PDP senators has now reduced to 42, while that of APC has risen to 65.
Reacting to the announcement, Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who rose under Order 43, said his seat must be declared vacant and made to surrender his mandate.
Akpabio, who explained that the mandate belonged to the PDP, said if he failed, they would go to court.
He said: “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, the mandate belongs to PDP, and by virtue of what has happened, he has to surrender his seat, else we will go to court to contend for it.”
The Minority Leader, however, advised the Senate President to remove him as Chairman of Public Accounts Committee to save the Senate of any confusion.
Uba currently chairs the Committee on Public Accounts, a seat that is traditionally reserved for the opposition party.
It would be recalled that Public Accounts Committee is the only committee in the Senate and House of Representatives that reflects in the constitution and is always headed by the opposition.
Senator Uba’s defection came barely a month and two days after Senator Nelson Asuquo Effiong, Akwa Ibom South, dumped the PDP for the APC.