A member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Rep. Herman Hembe, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
His defection was announced by the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase, at the start of plenary on Tuesday.
Idris-Wase presided over the session in the absence of the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, who is at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the APC.
Hembe, a former Chairman, House Committee on Federal Capital Territory in the 8th Assembly, represents Konshisha/Vandeikya Federal Constituency of Benue State.
He had also previously chaired the House Committee on Capital Market in the 7th Assembly.
Hembe had also chaired committees in the past that probed the collapse of the Nigerian Capital Market and the Abuja Centenary City project, respectively.
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, the Benue Rep. was once a member of APC before he joined APGA.