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APC now majority in house of Reps •As 37 PDP Reps defect •Party woos Atiku …

| December 23, 2013 More

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday, announced the defection of 37 members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House to the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Speaker, who read a letter dated December 18, 2013, jointly signed by the defectors and addressed to him, said they hinged their decision for joining the opposition party to the division and factionalisation within the PDP.

According to the letter, read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, the defectors wrote that their defection to APC was in compliance with Section 68(1)(g) of the  1999 Constitution, as amended.

Those who defected were from Kano State (11 members), Sokoto State (10 members), Rivers State (nine), Kwara State (six), Kastina State (one) and Bauchi State (one).

Those from Kano were Nasiru G. Sule, Ahmed A. Zarewa, Aliyu Sani Madaki, Bashir Babballe, Alhasasan Ado, Manir Dan’agundi, Aminu Suleiman, Abdulmumini Jibrin, Musa Ado, Mustapha Bala and Muhtari Mohammed.

Defectors from Sokoto were Kabiru Marafa Achida, Aminu Shagari, Isa Salihu Bashir, Abdullahi Mohammed Wamakko, Saadu Nabunkari, Aliyu Shehu, Shuaibu Gobir, Musa Sarkin Adar, Abdullahi Balarabe and Umar Bature.

Also joining APC from Rivers were Andrew Uchendu, Asita Honourable, Sokonte Davies, Dakuku Peterside, Mpigi Barinada, Pronen Maurice, Dawari George and Ogbonna Nwuke.

Those from Kwara were Ali Ahmad, Rafiu Ibrahim, Aiyedun Akeem, Mustapha Moshood, Ahman-Pategi Aliyu and Zakari Mohammed, while Nasiru Sani Daura and Yakubu Dogara defected from Kastina and Bauchi states respectively.

Immediately after the Speaker announced the names of those that defected to APC, the Minority Leader, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila led the defectors to have an handshake with the Speaker.

Attempts by both Honourable Kingsley Chinda and Honourable Patrick Asadu to draw the attention of the Speaker to a suit filed by the defected lawmakers before a Federal High Court, Abuja, was waved aside by the Speaker, who said “I have listened to the point of order raised by our colleagues and I have taken note.”

Nigerian Tribune recalled that 57 members of the PDP had, in the wake of the announcement of Alhaji Kawu Baraje as the leader of defunct New PDP, declared their support for the group.

Before the defection of the PDP lawmakers to APC, PDP had 204 members, while APC had137, Labour Party, 10, DPP, one and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), five.

Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) had one while Accord Party had four members.

But, with the defection, APC now had 172 members, leaving PDP with 167, a situation that now placed burden on both parties to shop for additional members to get simple majority of 181 members to control the House and consequently form the body of principal officers.

I’ll consult my supporters, Atiku tells APC leaders
Leaders of APC, on Wednesday, stormed the Asokoro residence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, to prevail on him to quit PDP for APC.
The team, led by Chief Bisi Akande, arrived at Atiku’s residence by 12 noon, with Akande affirming that “against the background that our country is being rubbished, we feel  that it is necessary to meet people of like minds to rise up and salvage the country.”

Abubakar, however, told the visiting political leaders that he would consult with stakeholders and consider the invitation by the leaders of APC to join the party.

“I have given them an indication that I will call a meeting of all my stakeholders across the country and we will take a decision and tell the press,” Abubakar told newsmen after a two-hour closed door meeting.

 “All of us that met here were comrades in politics from time to time;we only met today to cement that comradeship and we are moving together to work for this country,” he added.

The former vice president lauded the delegation for the formation of what he called a long expected great party, adding that APC had true internal democracy that would satisfy the aspiration of its members.

In a separate interview, former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari, said “we have been visiting others like the G7 governors. We have visited all former heads of state and we intend to visit former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo any time he is available to ask for understanding and brief him on why we formed the APC.”

Court restrains Tukur, NASS, INEC from declaring ‘defecting’ senators’ seats vacant
An Abuja Federal High Court has restrained the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; Senate President, David Mark; Honourable Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from declaring vacant the seats of 22 senators of the party, if they eventually defect to another political party.

This was contained in court order dated December 17, 2013 and signed by the registrar of the court, Mrs Awase Igba.

The move was aimed at preparing the senators for their planned defection to APC, though they were yet to formally write the Senate President, as required by Senate Standing Rules.

The court order, issued by Justice A. R. Mohammed, said the decision was sequel to a motion filed by 79 lawmakers in the National Assembly, which included 22 senators, seeking an order restraining the defendants from declaring their seats vacant.

Hearing on the matter was fixed for January 22.

Adamawa commissioners, special advisers defect to APC
Members of the Adamawa State executive council, comprising Secretary to the State Government (SSG), commissioners and special advisers have formally declared their defection to APC.

After a meeting at the Government House in Yola, on Wednesday, SSG, Mr Kobis Thimnu, who spoke on behalf of others, said their decision to join Governor Murtala Nyako in APC was collective.

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