Thursday, July 14, 2016
Mass Defection: 36 Senators, 6 Governors, Others Join Forces with Saraki, Set To Leave APC
Anxiety seems to have gripped the Leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over a possible high profile mass defection from the party.
Post-Nigerian learnt that many of the party leaders are worried that the APC might be going the way of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the days of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, when the then Speaker of the House of Representatives and now Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, jumped ship from the PDP to the APC.
With the current posture of the Senate, and a resolution passed by the House of Representatives, warning the Executive against hounding the Legislators, many in the APC are worried that the party might soon recreate the ‘Tambuwal scenario’, if breaks were not pulled on the lingering crisis.
Leaders of the party are worried that if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, decides to confront the APC and cross over to the PDP, or any other upcoming party, he would not only tilt the Senate in favour of the PDP, but he might be leaving with the 36 APC Senators currently supporting him.
He would also do a heavy damage according to sources, because about 6 APC Governors are currently behind him.
Already, it was learnt that discussions are on-going, between some disgruntled members of the APC and their PDP counterparts, on either the formation of a new party, or an alliance that would see a mass defection from the APC.
A source, who pleaded anonymity over possible sanction by the party, however, said that the APC national leadership was looking for a political solution to resolve the crisis, even as he blamed the wrangling on interest and the executive’s interference in the affairs of the legislature.
Saraki, who is a member of the ruling party, is being prosecuted by the Federal Government, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for alleged false declaration of assets.
He is also facing another trial at an Abuja High Court