AFTERMATH OF PRIMARIES: Fear Grips APC Over Gale Of Defections, Adamu Runs To NASS

Following the primary elections conducted in different parts of the country by political parties, a gale of defections has hit the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), causing the party serious concern.

APC national chairman, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, yesterday  described the mass defection of members of the party to other political parties as unfortunate and worrisome.

Adamu made this comment to newsmen after he met with the APC Senate Caucus at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

He said: “It is an unfortunate development when it happens, but this is the season for all manner of behaviour in the political space. And Nigeria is not an exception.


“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze. This is what we are experiencing. Nigeria is no exception and the APC is no exception.

“I don’t give a damn what is happening in other parties. I care about what is happening in our party, but you and I know that it’s not just in the APC that is having this experience; because we are the ruling party, yes our problems are more prominent in the public glare.

He stated that every responsible leader will be concerned worry about losing one member, not to talk of two. At the moment, we are faced with the stark reality of that problem and we are committed with my colleagues in the National Working Committee (NWC) to face the problems squarely and see the problems are solvable, and we will solve them,” he said.

But despite the defection the party has been suffering  in recent weeks, yesterday  three senators belonging to the APC resigned their membership.

The lawmakers are Senators Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).

Whilst Babba Kaita and Alimikhena defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Gumau, on the other hand, defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).


2 Senators Resign From APC, PDP,  Senators Defect To NNPP, Labour Party

Two senators from Bauchi and Imo States have resigned their membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively.

The lawmakers are Senator Dauda Jika – representing Bauchi Central and elected on the platform of the APC, and Senator Ezenwa Francis Onyewuchi – representing Imo East Senatorial District, who was elected on the platform of the PDP.

Both senators, in separate letters addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan, conveyed their decision to resign their membership of the APC and PDP,  and to join the Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), respectively.

The APC lawmaker, Dauda Jika, said he was moving to the NNPP whose ideals are in line with his political aspirations.

Onyewuchi, on his part, said defecting to Labour Party would nable him to participate fully in the “movement for a new Nigeria.”

Yesterday’s defections bring the number of APC Senators to 66, with members of the minority parties standing at 43.

The minority parties in the Senate at present are five in number as of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022.

They are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Young People’s Party (YPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and Labour Party (LP).


22 APC Senators Threatening To Defect To PDP, Says Fani-Kayode

Meanwhile, A former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has raised the alarm that 22 Senators of the ruling party were at the verge of leaving the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their inability to secure re-election tickets in the just-concluded APC primaries.

LEADERSHIP reported that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had at separate sittings of the Houses lamented the inability of many lawmakers to secure their return tickets for the 2023 elections.

Chief Fani-Kayode, however, on Wednesday took to his verified social  media handles, saying the threat by the aggrieved Senators was a serious matter and something must be done to avert the mass defection.

He added that many party members have expressed concerns over the development even as he called on the national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to quickly wade in by reaching out to the affected lawmakers.

The former Minister wrote: “22 APC Senators are threatening to decamp to PDP because they have been denied the tickets to return to the Senate.

“This is serious and something must be done to prevent it.

“Many are concerned and we urge our able National Chairman and National Secretary to reach them. We cannot afford to lose them.”


Wike meets with Obi, Bala Mohammed

Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday paid a visit to Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at his private residence in Port Harcourt.

Obi is the third influential Nigerian to visit Wike after the recently concluded presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Atiku and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi had earlier visited the Rivers State Governor at his Abuja and Port Harcourt residences, respectively.

On arrival at Wike’s private residence in Port Harcourt, the LP presidential candidate was taken inside where he had a closed-door meeting with Wike.

However, after the meeting, both men refused to speak with newsmen on the purpose and outcome of the visit.

Also, the Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed and the South-South zonal chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih yesterday held a private meeting with Governor Wike at his private residence in Port Harcourt.

Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, who confirmed the meeting to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt, however, did not state the reasons for the meeting.




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