22 senators from the All Progressives Congress, APC, have concluded plans to defect to other parties putting the ruling party’s majority under serious threat.
The senators are displeased about losing their return tickets to the National Assembly during the APC primaries.
13 senators had earlier defected to the opposition parties, bringing the number of APC senators to 67.
With others capitalizing on the defections, PDP now has 39 senators and expecting more before the end of the month.
The national chairman of APC, Abdullahi Adamu met with the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, who also lost his ticket, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.
Adamu held a brief meeting with Lawan and then went into another general meeting with APC senators.
Speaking to journalists after his meeting, Adamu admitted that he was worried but he believes the issue is surmountable.
He said, “The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there are all sorts of behaviour in the political space and ours is not an exception.
“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception. I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.”
He added, “There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems. I have committed my colleagues at the National Assembly to face the problem squarely and see the problem as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does.”