Tension In APC As 192 National Assembly Members Set To Dump APC For Opposition Parties
The Planning and Strategy Committee of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation has notified the hierarchy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the possibility of about 192 National Assembly (NASS) members defecting from the ruling party to opposition parties.
Politics Nigeria reports that this follows the outcome of the party primaries in May and June where some top members failed in their bid to secure their return ticket.
The committee was chaired by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal. Members included a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; serving senators Opeyemi Bamidele, Ishaku Abbo, Grace Bent and Basiru Ajibola; member of the House of Reps, Musa Sarkin-Adar, Komsol Longgap and Olawale Raji; former senators Adesoji Akanbi, Abu Ibrahim and Magnus Abe.
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Some others were the Director-General, Tinubu Support Group, Umar Mohammed; Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Silas Agara; former deputy governor of Lagos State (under Tinubu), Femi Pedro; Safaa Adam; Amina Indala; Kashim Imam; Akin Awodeyi-Akinseyiwa; Saadatu Garba; Abubakar Sanusi and M.T Usman.
“There is a need to reach out to the principal officers of the National Assembly and the party leadership at the national, state, zonal and local government levels to mitigate and assuage the aggrieved persons.
“It is worrisome that 22 serving senators and 170 National Assembly members are set to defect from the APC,” the report, sighted by this newspaper, reads in part