- Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, has reacted to the recent mass defection of some National Assembly members from the ruling APC to the PDP
- Emmanuel said he must give respect to his National Working Committee to speak first on the matter
- He, however, declared that the politics should not be about any individual but the country
Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, has spoken about the recent mass defection of some National Assembly members from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Leadership reports that Emmanuel who described the development as beneficial to the nation’s polity said that kind of politics should not be about any individual but it is about the country.
The governor who made the remarks known in Uyo said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP would issue official statement concerning the situation.
“Everything that is happening today is about the party, I am just a governor in one of the PDP states and I must give that respect to my National Working Committee to speak first on the matter. That is politics, it is good for Nigeria. It is not about any individual but it is about the country.
Governor Emmanuel said: “That is politics, it is good for Nigeria. It is not about any individual but it is about the country. That is the only thing I can say.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported there was a rowdy session at the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 24, as 15 senators dumped the ruling APC.
The senators, including Dino Melaye and Abdul-Azeez Nyako, announced their defection at the Senate plenary on Tuesday, July 24.
The list containing the senators' names was handed over to Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate, who managed to get to the plenary after a reported blockade in the morning.
In a related development, following the mass defection of 15 senators from the APC the Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan insisted that the APC still has a majority in the Senate with 52 lawmakers.
Senator Lawan stated this after a two-hour meeting of the APC caucus on Tuesday, July 24. Though optimistic that some of the defecting senators will have a rethink and return to the APC, Lawan said the party still has a majority in the Senate.
The majority, he said, was earned by having 52 senators as against 50 of the PDP.
He said: “You’ll recall that some members of our family, the APC family gave a list that they have decamped from the APC to the PDP and other parties, the ADC in particular. It is with a heavy heart that we have to watch our brothers and sisters in the APC caucus take the action they did.
“And we still are optimistic and confident that we will work with our leaders of the APC to bring back our colleagues who had gone.“
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