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15 APC Senators, 37 APC Rep Members Defect to PDP & ADC

...Lawmakers adjourn plenary till September 26th

Intrigues in the Upper and Lower Chamber of the National Assembly assumed a new dimension as 15 Senators led by Sen. Dino Melaye representing Kogi-West Senatorial District and 14 other All Progressives Congress (APC)  senators announced their defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 1senator, AbdulAziz Nyako representing Adamawa state defected to African Democratic Congress(ADC).

 

Our Correspondent, Raliat Adenekan reports that 37 APC House of Representatives members also defected to various parties. 32members to PDP, 4members to ADC and 1member undecided. The defection was contained in a letter read by the Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara to the lawmakers during plenary.

 

The defectors in the senate include Senators Barnabas Gemade, Benue North-East,  Ibrahim Danbaba, Sokoto , Shaaba Lafiagi, Kwara North, Ubali Shittu, Jigawa North-East. Others are Rafiu Ibrahim, Kwara South, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Kaduna North,  Isa Misau, Bauchi Central,  Monsurat Sunmonu, Oyo Central, Soji Akanbi, Oyo South, Usman Nafada, Gombe North. 

 

Also on the list are Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano Central,  Suleiman Nazif, Bauchi North, Olanrewaju Tejuosho , Ogun Central and Abdulaziz Nyako, Adamawa Central. Reacting to the defection under personal explanation, Senate Leader Sen. Ahmad lawan noted that the APC party certainly has its own internal challenges, while urging the matter should be stepped down.

 

In his remarks Saraki said it is the wish of the people to reject political harrasement and intimidation hence their individual defections which must be respected. Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki also expressed intentions of defecting from the Ruling party APC but did not reveal the party he would be defecting to.

 

In another development, the Senate has called on Security Operatives laying siege at the residence of Deputy Senate President, Sen. ike Ekweremadu to immediately vacate and allow him enjoy his constitutional rights.

 

Meanwhile, plenary in both chambers have been adjourned till 26th September to observe their annual vacation.

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