Earlier today, 14 All Progressives Congress (APC) senators dumped the ruling party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Their defection was announced by the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in a letter he read at the plenary today.
Read the letter below;
Dear Senate President,
After due consultation, with our constituents and stakeholders in our constituency, in proper recognition section 16 (1G) of the 1999 constitution, and for the fact of our party, The All Progressives Congress, we hereby inform the Senate that we the undersigned;
- Dino Melaye
- Barnabas Gemade
- Ibrahim Danbaba
- Shaaba Lafiaji
- Mohammed Shitu
- Rafiu Ibrahim
- Suleiman Hunkuyi
- Isa Misau
- Monsurat Sunmonu
- Soji Akanbi
- Usman Nafada
- Musa Kwankwaso
- Suleiman Nazif
- Lanre Tejuosho
We hereby inform you that we are changing our political affiliation from APC to PDP. We thank you for your exemplary leadership.
The Senate President also announced the defection of 2 other APC senators (Abdulazaz Nyako and Ms. Sumonu) to the African Democratic Congress (ADC), a political party backed by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition of Nigeria Movement.
Also, a total of about 37 members of the National House of Representatives have dumped the ruling party too.
Out of the number, 32 joined the PDP, while 4 joined the ADC and one is yet to announce new party.
The 37 lawmakers noted that the division in the ruling party was the reason behind their defection.
Among those who dumped the ruling party are; Sani Rano, Barry Mpigi, Ali Madaki, Dickson Tackighir, Hassan Saleh, Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuki and Zakari Mohammed.
The 2 National Assembly leaders, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara remains members of the ruling APC as they have not yet announced their defection.