Herman Hembe, the lawmaker representing Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State has decamped from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase who presided over the plenary on Tuesday, December 8; read the letter announcing the decamping of the lawmaker to the APC.
Herman Hembe cited fractions in his party at the state level for his decision to decamp from his party.
However, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu kicked against the decamping, describing it as unconstitutional. Further, he asked that Mr. Hembe’s seat should be declared vacant.
“He was elected under APGA, and I am not aware that APGA is undergoing any crisis. His decamping is illegal, hence his seat should be declared vacant.”
He was however ruled out of order by the Deputy Speaker who noted that there is a crisis in APGA.
Also opposing the decamping, Solomon Bob described the decamping by Herman Hembe as a travesty; adding that allowing such decamping to stand is eroding the provision of the constitution on decamping.
“If we continue like this, we will be eroding everything. No matter who is benefitting, we need to do what is proper. This is a travesty and unconstitutional,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has announced that the Federal Government has agreed to slash the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol, by N5 from Monday next week.
Ngige disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the end of a closed-door meeting with Organised Labour on Tuesday, December 8, in Abuja.
1st News reports that the meeting was necessitated by the increase of PMS from N160 per litre to N170; as well as the increase in electricity tariff.
Ngige said that the new price of petrol template would come into effect from Monday next week.
“Our discussion was fruitful and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which is the major importer and marketers of petroleum product and customers have agreed that there will be a slide down of the pump price of PMS.
“The price cut will get us about N5 per litre and that the price cut will take effect from next Monday; a week from today,” he said.
He noted that the price reduction was not meant to suspend deregulation as it did not affect the price of crude oil.