Another Influential Northern Senator Dumps APC, Gives Reason

Another Influential Northern Senator Dumps APC, Gives Reason

  • Ahead of the 2023 general election, Senator Godiya Akwashiki has announced his exit from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • The senator who is representing Nasarawa North in the National Assembly left the APC over issues relating to the party's primary election
  • Senator Godiya Akwashiki told his supporters that he would announce the next party he's moving to in the next 72 hours

Nasarawa state - Godiya Akwashiki, the senator representing Nasarawa North, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akwashiki announced his resignation from the party during the inauguration of the construction of Nasarawa Eggon/Galle road, in Nassarawa Eggon local government area of the state on Monday, June 27, Daily Trust reported.

Godiya Akwashiki/Senator representing Nasarawa North/All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Godiya Akwashiki, lawmaker representing Nasarawa North, has left the ruling APC. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate
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He cited the alleged doctoring of the delegates list as the reason for leaving the ruling party.

His words:

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“You are all aware of what transpired during the APC primary election in Akwanga. I withdrew from the race because delegates’ lists were doctored by the party. I have been under pressure by you to leave the party and today, I have answered your call to leave APC and to actualize my re-election ambition.
“In the next 72 hours, you will see a platform that I will join and we will all move together.”

22 APC senators planning to defect, Fani-Kayode raises alarm

Akwashiki's defection comes days after a former minister of aviation and chieftain of the APC, Femi Fani-Kayode, said 22 more APC senators were planning to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He stated that the planned defection was because the senators were denied the party’s ticket to contest the 2023 elections.

“22 APC Senators are threatening to decamp to PDP because they have been denied the tickets to return to the Senate. This is serious & something must be done to prevent it.Many are concerned & we urge our able Nat. Chairman & Nat. Sec. to reach them. We cannot afford to lose them,” he had said.

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In another related report, the APC on Sunday, June 26, lost at least four of its chieftains in the north to the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The speaker of the Sokoto House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Achida, joined the PDP in the state on Sunday.

Alongside Achida, three APC former governorship aspirants resigned their membership in the ruling party and moved to the PDP.


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