- The members of the House of Representatives have started collating a list of members that will possibly leave Nigeria’s ruling party APC
- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is expected to make the announcement of the defections before the end of plenary
- The lawmakers on the platform of the PDP in the House of Representatives are reportedly happy over the defection of some APC senators
The members of the House of Representatives on Monday afternoon, July 24, started collating a list of members that will possibly leave Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that Razak Atunwa, Ali Madaki and Abdulsamad Dasuki, all elected under the platform of the APC, are spearheading the move.
Sources among the defecting lawmakers said there are about 100 names on the list. However, this could not be independently confirmed.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was expected to make the announcement of the defections before the end of plenary.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that lawmakers on the platform of the PDP in the House of Representatives were happy over the defection of some APC senators.
The deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema, led other members in singing anti-APC songs in the lobby of the National Assembly building.
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The plenary was yet to commence at the House as the Speaker Yakubu Dogara arrived the chamber, members began to hail him as they chanted: “Dogara”; “Dogara”; “Dogara.”
In a related development, barely two hours after 15 Senators of the eight Senate dumped the ruling All progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party, 36 House of Representatives members did the same.
Thirty-two lawmakers at the lower chamber joined the PDP while four others joined the African Democratic Congress.
The defection of the lawmakers was announced at the plenary by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
The lawmakers cited division at all levels of the ruling party as the reason for their defection.
The lawmakers who defected include: Sani Rano, Barry Mpigi, Ali madaki, Dickson Tackighir, Hassan Saleh, Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Garba Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuki and Zakari Mohammed.
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