LAGOS HERALD – National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senate Caucus have met to discuss ways aimed at halting the gale of defection facing the party.
Adamu who spoke on Wednesday to journalists shortly after a closed-door meeting between the party’s leadership and Senators elected on its platform, expressed concerns about the wave of defection among the APC senators.
The former lawmaker noted that while defection is a usual occurrence during electioneering, it is normal for the party and its leaders to worry over the loss of any member.
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“The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens, but this is a season where there is all sort of behaviours in the political space and ours is 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 said.
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“I don’t know if the problem of defection would persist in the party but I have met with my colleagues at the National Assembly and I believe that the issue is surmountable.
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 before 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, nobody does,” he added.
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Similarly, two senators from Bauchi and Imo States resigned their membership of the APC and the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) respectively during Wednesday’s plenary.
The lawmakers are Dauda Jika representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District on the platform of the APC; and Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi representing Imo East Senatorial District, elected on the platform of the PDP.
Both Senators in separate letters addressed to Lawan, conveyed their decision to resign their membership of the APC and PDP, to join the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) and Labour Party respectively.
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“I hereby wish to notify you of my defection from the All Progressives Congress to the New Nigeria Peoples Party whose ideals are in line with my political aspirations,” the APC lawmaker, Dauda Jika, said in his letter,
Onyewuchi, on his part, said, “I wish to inform Mr President and distinguished Senators of my defection from the Peoples’ Democratic Party to the Labour Party.
This is after due consultation with my family, constituents and supporters. This will enable me to participate fully in the movement for a new Nigeria.”
Wednesday’s defection brings the composition of minority parties in the 9th Senate to five; the PDP, Young Progressives Party (YPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and Labour Party (LP).