- The APC said it is still in control of the House of Representatives
- The party said it would continue to consolidate on its number in the House
- It said those that defected had ulterior motives
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has told its members and supporters not to be flustered by the loss of some elected representatives and senators to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement by Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, its national publicity secretary on Tuesday, July 24, in Abuja, the party said it would continue to consolidate on its majority status both in the House of Representatives and 25 states, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Abdullahi said the Buhari's administration would continue to work harder to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians.
“The 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," Abdullahi said.
The APC said as a truly democratic party, it respects the right of every citizen to political association.
It therefore, urged its members to remain calm as it continues to work hard to position the party strongly for the next general elections.
The statement added that the 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senate president Bukola Saraki earlier, announced the defection of 15 APC senators from the party. In the House of Representatives, 33 APC members also switched allegiance to PDP, while 4 left for the ADP. Saraki is believed to be part of the senators already in PDP.
Meanwhile, Senator Soji Akanbi who represents Oyo South senatorial district has insisted that he remains a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) following report that he had moved to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was earlier reported that Akanbi was one of the 14 APC senators who defected to the PDP on Tuesday, July 24.
Premium Times however reports that Akanbi said he still remains a member of the APC saying his name was erroneously added to the list.
He said: “Initially today, my name was wrongly mentioned in the list of the people that defected to PDP. A point of order was raised. I was able to clear my name that I’ve never been part of defection from APC to PDP. I remain bona fide member of APC.”
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