On Wednesday, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and some APC senators led by the Senate Leader, Mr. Ahmed Lawan, met President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Oshiomhole who is apparently not happy with the recent gale of defections from the APC by some of his party’s senators including the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to the opposition PDP, told State House correspondents after the meeting that the right thing for Saraki to do was to vacate his seat and honourably leave the crown for the family it belongs to because the APC with 53 senators is still the majority.
The only problem however is that 53 senators alone cannot impeach a Senate President. At least two-third of the lawmakers in the senate is required to remove Saraki by force. PDP has about 51 senators, ADC 3 and APGA 2, which makes an impeachment move completely impossible.
“But whatever is the reason, we can defect from the party but we can’t defect from Nigeria. The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour who had taken such decisions would be expected to follow through.
“I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family if for your personal reasons which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family.
“It is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to.
“As it stands even now, the APC is still the largest party in the Senate. We have 53 senators, that is much more than what the PDP has, or APGA has.”
On Tuesday, the Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Ahmed Abdulfatah, who is a political ally of Saraki, left the APC.
On Wednesday, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, also resigned from the APC and moved to the PDP, joining his state governor and 23 lawmakers in the state. Also same yesterday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State dumped the APC for the PDP too.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State had already dumped the APC since last week and joined the PDP with 22 members of the State House of Assembly.
Before the end of Wednesday also, the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, apparently loyal to Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former Governor of Kano State, who had already defected to the PDP, also left the APC and returned to the PDP.
The ruling party is clearly affected by the massive defections of these political heavyweights from the party (although they claim they feel otherwise and happy these individuals left).
“Nobody in the APC will be surprised about the development. In fact, they have stayed a little bit longer than we thought. Last week, the Kwara State governor said he was leaving but he didn’t say when. So, we are not surprised at all. But these are what I might call tempting moments because I had faced similar situations in my state, when people were leaving.
“But the beauty of democracy is that whether big or small, it is one man one vote on election day. There is no difference between a senator, a president, a journalist and any other person.
“In a sense, we have to accept that once a couple for one reason or the other find out that they are not compatible, the only honourable thing is to go.”
Oshiomhole noted that he was happy Saraki stated clearly that he tried his best with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as well as some other state governors to resolve the issue that forced his exit from the party, but however argued that the effort came too late.
But I couldn’t have started acting before I was born,” Oshiomhole said.
Senator Ahmed Lawan while speaking urged his APC colleagues in the National Assembly who are currently on recess to reconvene and pass the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that the lawmakers had pledged their commitment and loyalty to the APC and Buhari.
“I am calling on my colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to come back and consider the requests of Mr. President for the virement and supplementary budget for INEC for the 2019 elections,” he said.