- Terkimbi Ikyange is set for a sensational return to the APC
- The former Benue speaker's planned defection was made known by the state APC chairman Abba Yaro
- Ikyange's defection has been described as a massive boost for the party which is trying to strengthen itself after the 2019 election
Terkimbi Ikyange, former Benue state House of Assembly speaker, is reportedly set for a sensational return to the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Comrade Abba Yaro, APC chairman in the state, made this disclosure and further added that the party will welcome both new and former members in time soon.
Yaro, who described the former speaker as a valuable asset, assured that Ikyange will strengthen the popularity and acceptability of the APC in Benue state.
Prior to Iyange's disclosure, Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
The news came after Dogara alongside Governor Mai Malam Buni of Yobe state met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on Friday, July 24.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state said he was not ready to leave the PDP for his former platform, APC.
The governor made this known while speaking at the PDP congress where the new state executive committee of the party was elected, putting speculations over his planned defection to rest.
Ortom admitted that he was invited by the APC but he has no plan to join due to his commitment to the growth of the opposition party.
Ortom, however, stated that his stay in PDP will be determined by the impressive performance of the newly-elected state executive committee of the party.
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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that in the spirit of reconciliation, APC appealed to Nigeria's former vice president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to return to the ruling party.
The party also extended the olive branch to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, former president of the Senate Bukola Saraki, as well as other former members who defected back in 2015 till date.
According to the ruling party, the return of Senator Barnabas Gemade and the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is proof that the efforts of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee to reconcile aggrieved members is yielding positive result.
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