- The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) in the House of Representatives has shifted its resolve to massively defect from the ruling party
- This followed after top members of the R-APC held a closed-door meeting convened by Femi Gbajabiamila, the House majority leader
- Gbajabiamila refused to make any comment on the meeting and its proceedings when he was questioned by newsmen
The proposed massive defection some of the members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) in the House of Representatives formerly set for Thursday, July 19, has been postponed.
This followed the resolve of top members of the APC, after a recent meeting, to throw its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential polls and to convince the R-APC faction to remain with the caucus, Punch reports.
Punch reported that meeting was convened by Femi Gbajabiamila, the House majority leader. An unnamed R-APC source said: “Discussions are ongoing and members want to concretise on strategies before the mass defection will take place.
“What is known is that the APC has given us signals that there is no accommodation for us in the party. We are looking forward to any time before July 26, which is Thursday, next week, to move.”
Journalists reported that lawmakers from Oyo, Benue and Kwara states, including the speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara and his deputy, Yussuff Lasun, were absent at the caucus meeting.
Concerning questions on the proceedings of the closed-door meeting, Gbajabiamila said: “I don’t dwell on rumours, I dwell on reality. Let that reality come first. There is no fire on the mountain, not at all. Where did you find that out from? Let them (R-APC) go first. Talk is cheap.”
Before now, a member of the R-APC, Razak Atunwa, had said that the group had pockets of its presence throughout Nigeria and would make real its plan in due time.
NAIJ.com gathered that the successful defection of the three governors, at least 30 senators and 70 members of the House of Representatives will follow suit just before they embark on recess soon.
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