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2019: Aggrieved NASS Members Perfect Defection Plans

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Thead of the 2019 general election, indication has emerged that aggrieved senators and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)  will in the next one week hold marathon meetings to perfect their defection plans.

Leadership also gathered that the aggrieved members from different state caucus will hold last minute meetings and made public their decisions.

Sources hinted the first set of defectors are likely announce their new political affiliation on the floor from Tuesday, 24th July, before the National Assembly adjourn plenary for recess on the 26th July. 

Already, two lawmakers, including the member representing Owo/Ose federal constituency of Ondo State, Hon Bode Ayorinde and another from Ifelodun /Offa/Oyun federal constituency of Kwara state, Hon Tope Olayonu declared there affiliation with the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC).

Although, Olayonu and Ayorinde did not respond to inquiry on the matter, another lawmaker who is associated with the rAPC said the gale of defectors would commence soon.

According to the Lawmaker, Senators and House of Representatives members from Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Adamawa, Benue, Ondo and Oyo states.

He said  second batch of defectors, according to another source, are expected to announce when the parliament reconvene in September. 

“I don’t have the list of defectors, but there is nothing new yes, it is the same thing you would have seen in the media before now. But you know this game is neither here nor there, some of our people are being deceived by their governors, but after primaries, when everything becomes clear, they will know their position, but I can assure you that more people will defect from the APC after the primaries,” he said.

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas, while reacting to the development said the House is in no potion to stop defectors.

Namdas explained that the issue of members defecting to another political party is personal to each member and their individual political parties.

“We cannot stop anyone from defecting, members are free to defect to other political parties, as long they follow the rules. It is an individual issue between the party and such members,” he said.

The House Spokesperson added that it was it was left for the political party to determine whether or not to take actions on the matter.

“It is left for the party to deal with such members according to the provisions of the constitution, if they feel their mandate is being taking to another political party,” he said.

Namdas however declared that he does not have a plan to defect from the mainstream APC.

“I am of the APC, the real APC, no prefix, no suffix, those planning to defect would be in a position to tell you their plans,” he stated.



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