Senator Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's Senate President

 

Not less than 52 lawmakers from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has quit the party.

The lawmakers on Tuesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC), a party allegedly owned by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The defected members are 15 Senators, 37 House of Representatives.

Political analysts have however described the development as a welcome developement.

Meanwhile, the APC honoured its former members decision adding that Nigerians have right to freely belong to any political association of their choice.

It noted there was no cause for alarm despite the defection which already made the party a minority in the state.

APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi charged party members across the country to remain calm as the party still have control of about 25 states in the country.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) notes the development in the National Assembly with the defection of some of our members from the Party.

“In the last couple of weeks our Party leaders have worked to stave off this situation as responsible Party leaders would do. It would appear however that the individuals involved have different considerations beyond the grievances that they were willing to discuss and which our leaders were willing to address.

“As a truly democratic party, we respect the right of every citizen to political association. Therefore, we urge our members to remain calm as we continue to work hard to position our party strongly for the next general elections. APC remains in firm control of 25 states of the 36 states of the federation and maintains a clear majority in the federal House of Representatives and state assemblies.

“We assure members and supporters that our great Party will continue to consolidate on our majority status in the build-up to the 2019 General Elections, even as our government continues to work hard to deliver on our promises to Nigerians.” (Global Village Extra)