- Defection of APC senators and House of Representatives members will not affect the party's chances in 2019 according to Cross River state APC chairman
- He said that the defection would give the party the strength to emerge victorious in 2019
- The chairman also said that it was time the political class changed their attitude from selfishness to service
Dr Matthew Achigbe, chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River, has said that the defection of APC senators and House of Representatives members will not affect the party’s chances of emerging victorious in 2019.
Achigbe said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Tuesday.
NAN reports that 15 Senators including Rabiu Kwankwaso, Dino Melaye and Isa Misau had in a joint letter to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, made their intention to leave the party known.
NAN also reports that more than 33 House of Representatives members also defected from APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the plenary on Tuesday.
The APC chairman said that the defection would give the party the strength to emerge victorious in 2019, adding that the party now has its true members.
“The APC is not shaken by this defection. If you have a pain in your neck, will you not be happy to excise it so that you can be comfortable?
“Those that are not comfortable with APC are free to go. Those who are finding the party comfortable are also coming in. This is a political exercise that throws people front and back.
“These are people who are not interested in the lives of Nigerians. They are only interested in themselves. From the look of the argument, everything they are doing is all centred on themselves.
“None of them are thinking about the ordinary Nigerian. What is that thing that they cannot come together and put an end to? They are challenges everywhere and they will equally find same in PDP.
“As far as I am concerned, they are free to go. APC is a political party; there is free entry and free exit,’’ he said.
The chairman told NAN that it was time the political class changed their attitude from selfishness to service, adding that no APC member ever drove the lawmakers to other parties.
“We must be prepared to make national sacrifices because of the sensitive nature of the offices we hold. But, the way some politicians behave is very embarrassing to the country and even the international community.
“Whether they go or not, APC remain strong and we will emerge victorious in 2019 because there is no leader that has the clout of President Muhammadu Buhari," he said
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his total commitment to the values of democracy freedom of choice as well as total willingness to work with all members of the National Assembly, irrespective of their political party, for the benefit of the nation.
The president’s statement is in response to the mass defection of some All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, July 24.
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