- A member of Lagos state House of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru, has hit hard on former members of the ruling APC who recently defected to PDP
- Senate president Bukola Saraki and some bigwigs of the APC left the party for PDP on Wednesday, July 31
- Abiru said that the gale of defection would not jeopardize the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 general elections
The chief whip of Lagos state House of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru, has said that majority of the people who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have no political influence in their respective constituencies.
NAIJ.com reports that the lawmaker said that the deluge of defections which characterised the nation's political space would not jeopardize the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 general elections.
Abiru who hinged the spate of defections on lack of clear-cut ideology by political parties in the country, stressed that some of the defectors were deficient in grassroots support.
While acknowledging the freedom of association as enshrined in the Constitution which has been the excuse for cross-carpeting by politicians, Abiru who represents Shomolu 2 constituency at Lagos Assembly, challenged the major parties to stop serving as platforms for self actualisation.
He maintained that the gale of defections barely six months to the general elections which was similar to the 2014 experience could be seen as one of the realities of the nation's nascent democracy.
Abiru blamed the crisis in the ruling party on failure of the leadership to intervene in the tussle between the legislative and executive arms of government at the appropriate time.
He listed the feeding of school pupils and N-power project as some of the impactful programmes of the federal government which has endeared the President Buhari led-administration to the hearts of many Nigerians.
The lawmaker also noted that the root causes of the challenges confronting the country were deep and implored the civil society and the media to be alive to their roles towards sustenance of democracy in the country.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Tony Momoh, a former information minister has said the exit of some bigwigs from the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Momoh, an APC chieftain and close ally of Buhari, expressed the view in a telephone interview in Lagos on Friday, August 3.
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