- A senator from the northwest has reportedly demanded N100 million from the PDP before defecting to the party
- One of the party chieftains who disclosed this said he is shocked at the request of the senator
- The PDP earlier reacted to the defection of APC senators who defected to its fold on Tuesday, July 24
Emerging reports claimed that a very vocal senator from the northwest has demanded a prepayment of at least N100 million before he would defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Cable reports that the PDP leadership laughed off his request and this is thought to have stalled his movement to the opposition party on Tuesday, July 24.
It was learnt that the northern senator’s fate currently remains uncertain, with strong calculations that he might not be re-elected whether or not he defects to the PDP.
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A southern senator said: “We were shocked when he made the demand because his public posturing is that of a principled Nigerian.”
There are no suggestions that lawmakers who defected to PDP last week were financially induced.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that barely two hours after 15 senators of the 8th Senate dumped the ruling APC for the PDP, 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 (ADC).
The defection of the lawmakers was announced at the plenary on Tuesday, July 24, by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
In a related development, the PDP reacted to the defection of fifteen APC senators who defected to its fold on Tuesday, July 24.
Senate president Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, July 24, on the floor of the Senate announced the defection of the senators from the ruling party to the PDP.
In its twitter handle, the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the defection as a boost for the party to win 2019 general elections.
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