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2023: Adamu meets Senators as mass defection hits APC

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Adamu Abdullahi, has held a meeting with the party’s senators on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Adamu while speaking with newsmen after the meeting said the party was worried by the gale of defections among senators. He however, said it was a usual occurrence in election periods and not peculiar to the ruling party.

This development follows mass cross carpeting of members of ruling APC, to other political parties, especially in the national assemblies which seem to be an aftermath event of the primary election which ended earlier this moth.

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Recall, before the primaries, in the Senate, the ruling party could boast of 70 members, but shortly after the primaries, no less than eight senators have defected to opposition parties.

About 20 lawmakers in the House of representatives have also dumped the party in the last one week, citing lack of internal party democracy.

Those who have dumped the party in the Senate include former Senate leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, (Kebbi State);  Senator Adamu Alierio(Kebbi): Senator Baaba Kaita (Katsina State);  Senator, Francis Alimikhena (Edo North); Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central); and Senator, Dauda Jika(Bauchi Central), all of who have pitched  tents with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

At the moment in the Senate, APC now has 62; PDP 39; NNPP 3; Young Progressives Party (YPP 2); All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) 1, and Labour Party.

Adamu who is worried by this, assured the lawmakers that the APC still had genuine plans for them, adding that all their grievances arising from party primaries would be addressed.

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He, however, noted that it was the season of defections and that there was nothing he or the party could do to stop those eager to leave the party from taking the exit door.

The APC national chairman statement reads partly; “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 he doesn’t know if the problem of defection would persist in the party but he has met with his colleagues at the National Assembly and he believes the issue is surmountable.

He added, “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 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.”

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