- The PDP has confirmed concluding discussions with six APC governors and 27 APC lawmakers planning to defect to the opposition party
- The party says the intending defectors in the National Assembly would cross-carpet at the reconvening of the session in the two chambers
- The PDP expressed willingness to take back power from the APC at the center and in various states
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has confirmed that it is rounding up discussions with the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and lawmakers, ahead of their defection to the opposition party.
The disclosure was made in a statement released by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, September 5, Tribune reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ologbondiyan disclosed that the PDP has already concluded discussions with six APC governors and 27 APC members in the National Assembly, who have reportedly also drawn their consultations and secured the mandates of their constituents to move to the PDP ahead of the 2019 general election.
The statement added: “However, in line with decisions reached during the discussions, the members of the National Assembly decamping to the PDP will cross-carpet at the reconvening of the session in the two chambers, which will increase the PDP majority in both chambers.”
According to the party, the Liyel Imoke-led PDP contact and integration committee is working to smoothen all grey areas of the agreement, including issues of waivers and accommodation for participation in primaries.
The PDP commended the spirit of tolerance, dialogue, accommodation and oneness of purpose that pervaded the alliance among members, and expressed willingness to take back power from the APC at the center and in various states.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that five governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party are said to be seeking a deal with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The deal would reportedly see the governors support the president for a second term while Buhari is expected to return the gesture so that they can retain their seats.
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