- The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, says the 16 senators who defected from the APC to other parties have been punished by their respective constituencies for being disloyal
- Oshiomhole notes that Senator Dino Melaye who is also among the defectors would soon have his turn going by the results of the election in Kogi west senatorial district.
- The APC leader says what happened to the senators is a lesson for politicians who think they can collect mandate on a particular political platform and then dump the party for another party
The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, November 18, said all 16 senators who defected to other parties with former Senate president, Bukola Saraki in July 2018 have been punished by Nigerians.
Speaking at the state house in Abuja where he led a delegation to present, Bayelsa state governor-elect, David Lyon, to President Muhammadu Buhari, Oshiomhole said the 16 senators who defected were punished by their respective constituencies for being disloyal, The Nation reports.
The APC national chairman noted that Senator Dino Melaye who was also among the defectors would soon have his turn going by the results of the election in Kogi west senatorial district.
“I think the only that is still struggling now is Dino Melaye but as you can see from the result so car, Senator Smart Adeyemi is leading by over 20,000 votes even though INEC insists we must have a re-run for the remaining areas we are confident that there is no way he can make up for 20,000 vote deficit," Oshiomhole said.
“I think the lesson for us to be learnt as a party is rather clear, that when politicians go to the polls to collect mandate on a particular political platform and then they dumped the party for another party, the electorate will always be waiting for them.
The APC leader stated the party was thankful to God for making the governorship election in Bayelsa state successful, he also thanked the people for voting for the party’s candidate in the poll.
Meanwhile, Senator Douye Diri, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bayelsa state governorship election, says he totally rejects the outcome of the poll.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, as the winner of the election.
However, speaking with Arise News TV on Monday, November 18, Diri said he rejected the results, raising allegations of electoral malpractices. He accused INEC of conniving with the APC to rig the election.
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