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A total of 37 members of the House of
Representatives have defected from
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Of this number, 32 joined the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) while four
joined the African Democratic Congress
(ADC). One later announced he was also
leaving the APC but did not state his new party.
Announcing their defection on Tuesday
during plenary, the first 36 lawmakers
cited division at all levels of the APC as
the reason for their defection.
Prominent among the defectors are Sani Rano, Barry Mpigi, Ali Madaki, Dickson Tackighir, Hassan Saleh, Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuki and Zakari Mohammed.
Neither the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, nor his deputy, Yusuff Lasun, was named among the defectors.
Few minutes after the 36 announced
their defection, the chairman of the
House of Representatives Rules and
Business, Orker Jev, announced he was
also resigning from the APC.
He cited division in the APC as his
reason for leaving the party. He however did not announce the party he is moving to.
Earlier in the day, 15 senators announced their defection from the APC, majority moving to the PDP.