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House of Representatives
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The current House of Representatives, formed following elections held in April 2015, has a total of 360 members who are elected in single-member constituencies using the simple majority (or first-past-the-post) system. Members serve four-year terms. The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the house.
A group of 37 House members of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress have defected to opposition parties underscoring rising political tensions due to the upcoming election in 2019. 33 members defected to the major opposition party, People's Democratic Party, while four defected to African Democratic Congress, ADC.
Party leaders and whips are elected by their respective parties in a closed-door caucus by secret ballot. With the APC holding a majority of seats and the PDP holding a minority, the current leaders in the 8th National Assembly are: Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Whip Ado Garba Alhassan, Minority Leader Ogor Okuweh, and Minority Whip Umar Barde Yakubu.