Greater than 20 senators are threatening to depart the All Progressives Congress.
Based on Punch, the APC senators have concluded plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Occasion, Labour Occasion, New Nigeria Peoples Occasion and others.
The report acknowledged that the APC had earlier misplaced 13 senators to the opposition events.
The senators are aggrieved for dropping their return tickets to the Nationwide Meeting in the course of the social gathering primaries.
It was gathered that the social gathering leaders have been apprehensive that if the speed of defections continued and the opposition PDP gained extra members, the ruling social gathering would possibly lose its majority standing within the Senate.
Throughout Wednesday’s plenary, Senator Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central, introduced his defection to the NNPP, bringing the variety of APC senators to 67.
Presently, the 5 minority events within the higher chamber have 43 senators with the PDP boasting 39 senators, whereas the Younger Peoples Occasion, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Labour Occasion and the New Nigeria Folks’s Occasion have 4 senators.
To stem the gale of defections, the Nationwide Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, met with the APC senators behind closed doorways on the Nationwide Meeting complicated, Abuja, some minutes previous 2 pm on Wednesday
Adamu, who first went to the workplace of the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, for a quick assembly earlier than the overall assembly, mentioned that the social gathering was apprehensive by the wave of the defections among the many APC senators.
Chatting with journalists after his assembly with the APC caucus, he famous that it was a regular prevalence in the course of the election interval nevertheless it was sufficient for any chief to fret over the lack of any member.
He acknowledged, “The assembly with the senators was most fruitful. The difficulty of defection is an unlucky growth when it occurs however this can be a season the place there are all types of behaviour within the political house and ours is just not an exception.
“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.”
Adamu additionally mentioned he didn’t know if the issue of defection would persist within the social gathering however he had met along with his colleagues on the Nationwide Meeting and he believed the problem was surmountable.
He added, “There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems. I have committed my colleagues at the National Assembly to face the problem squarely and see the problem as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does.”
In the meantime, a lawmaker who spoke to Punch on the situation of anonymity, acknowledged that the social gathering chairman needed to come right down to the Nationwide Meeting to dissuade the senators from defecting from the ruling APC.
Based on the supply, not lesser than 20 senators intend to depart the APC to different events, notably the PDP throughout the subsequent week.
The supply mentioned, “The social gathering chairman got here to have a gathering with the APC senators as a result of he mentioned that they learnt by way of intelligence that not lesser than 20 extra senators have been planning to defect to different events throughout the subsequent one week.
“The chairman asked each of the aggrieved senators to lay bare their grievances which we all did one after the other. Having heard our problems, the chairman instructed that we put them into writing.”
The lawmaker additionally acknowledged that Adamu promised that the social gathering would look into the problems raised and do one thing about it because it was a harmful time for lawmakers within the social gathering to defect as a result of it was the election yr and such strikes have been grave for any political social gathering.
The supply added, “The chairman requested us all to place all of our complaints into writing after which the APC caucus leaders would sit with the Nationwide Working Committee and look into the problems raised.
“Senator Adamu further stated the party would then see what it can do to help the situation. He, however, stated that lawmakers who do not feel comfortable with the help provided by the parties can then leave. But leaving without proper consultations with the party sends a wrong signal of discord. It presents the party as if in disarray and without proper leadership.”
“This is an election year and it’s not good to present the party as having leadership issues,” the supply quoted Adamu to have mentioned.
A lot of the APC senators had cross-carpeted to different events because of their failure to safe a return ticket to the NASS with a lot of them alleging that their states’ governors hijacked the senatorial main elections.
Up to now week because the resumption of the plenary, not lower than six senators have despatched their defection letters to the Senate President.
They embrace the Majority Chief, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi representing Kebbi North senatorial district, who defected to the PDP.
Abdullahi alleged that the democratic challenges and deficits in Kebbi State didn’t simply begin from the final congresses, however from July final yr “when the governor illegally decapitated the state leadership of the party, imposed unelected ward, local government and state executives of the party.”
He acknowledged in his defection letter to the Senate, “At a degree, I considered resort to the courts, however determined in opposition to that plan of action after realising that political challenges require political options within the democratic area the place it’s the individuals and never the judges who’re the ultimate arbiters.
“I got here to this determination after a really laborious wrestle with my conscience and feelings. It’s both to stay on the facet of my individuals or to selfishly look the opposite approach. All politics is native. I can’t due to this fact in good conscience, proceed to work for the success of this administration on the centre whereas the individuals of my state, my main constituency, proceed to wallow in abject poverty and destitution below the misrule and manipulation of a despot.
“I have, therefore, decided to pitch my tent with the Peoples Democratic Party to join forces with my compatriots at home who are struggling against incompetence, imposition and violation of democratic norms, principles and practices.”
Additionally former governor of Kebbi State, Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central), defected from the ruling APC to the PDP stating that his “predicated on the fact that there is no internal democracy in the APC.”
He alleged that the state’s governor, Atiku Bagudu, had “bastardised, the party and electoral processes in the state which are now characterised by high-handedness and unfairness.”
Equally, Senators Ahmad Babba-Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North) additionally introduced their defection from the ruling social gathering on Tuesday on the plenary.
Whereas Babba Kaita and Alimikhena defected to the opposition PDP, Gumau then again, defected to the NNNP.
The discover of their resignation and defection was contained in three separate letters learn throughout plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on the ground.
However, the senator representing Oyo South Senatorial district, elected on the platform of the PDP, Senator Kola Balogun, Tuesday formally defected to the APC.