DEFECTION WAVE: Some PDP Senators To Join APC In January
Some Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) senators are set to defect from the ruling party for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as soon as the senate resumes in January.
According to the information provided by the source on Monday, the number of PDP senators, who have concluded their defection plan, was “enough to alter the configuration of the upper chamber.”
It has been gathered that the senators are aggrieved over what they described as the shoddy handling of their party affairs by its elected officials and they are set to join their 37 colleagues in the House of Representatives who defected from the PDP to the APC last week.
The senator, who preferred his name not to be disclosed, said,
"The country should be restructured on the foundation of truth. That is our position. We will soon join the APC like our governors and our colleagues in the House of Representatives. This will happen in January by God’s grace. We are in court already and the court has fixed January 22 for hearing. Already INEC had said it lacked the powers to declare our seats vacant. So we are on course."Additionally, the source revealed that last week Wednesday the aggrieved senators and members of the House went to court to restrain the leadership of the National Assembly and the PDP from declaring their seats vacant in case they defect.
One of the senators, who spoke to Punch correspondent, is from the South-South zone.A Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, had last week restrained the leaderships of the PDP, the National Assembly and the INEC, from declaring vacant, the seats of federal lawmakers because of defection to another party.
The injunction specifically affected the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; Senate President David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; and the INEC.
The order by Justice A.R. Mohammed was sequel to a motion filed by 79 lawmakers in the National Assembly, made up of 22 senators and 57 members of the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers, among others, sought an order of the court restraining the defendants from declaring their seats vacant.
Some of the senators listed as plaintiffs in the matter had however dissociated themselves from the defection plan.
To date, no PDP senator has formally declared membership of the APC unlike their 37 House of Representatives’ colleagues who defected to the APC last week.
And while the PDP has lost majority membership in the House to the APC, the ruling party still controls the majority in the senate with 73 PDP senators against 33 for the APC. Labour Party also has three while the All Progressives Grand Alliance has only one senator.