11 Senators Joins APC From PDP

11 Senators dump PDP for APC 

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Eleven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
senators tendered a letter of defection to the All
Progressives Congress (APC) to Senate President David Mark.
Mark did not read the letter on the floor of the upper chamber.
Although 16 names of senators are contained in the letter, only 11 of them endorsed the document.
The defectors were led by Chairman,
Senator Committee of Environment and Ecology, Senator Abubakar Bukola
Saraki (Kwara Central).
The letter, dated 20th January, 2014, titled “Notification of change of political party”, addressed to Mark.
The letter reads: “We the undersigned
Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria elected on the platform of
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wish to notify you that we have
severally and jointly joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The action and decision is as a result
of the division and factionalisation in Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
that sponsored our elections to the Senate.
“In view of the above, we write to
inform you that following the division and factionalisation in the PDP,
we have formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“This communication is made pursuant to
Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
1999 (as amended) for your information, guidance and record purposes.”
Besides, Saraki, other defectors are:
Senators Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi (Kwara North), Senator Abdullahi Adamu
(Nasarawa West), Abdullahi Gobir (Sokoto East), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe
(Rivers South East), Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake (Rivers West) and
Senator Bindowo Umaru Jibrilla (Adamawa North).
The rest are: Senator Mohammed Danjuma
Goje (Gombe Central), Senator Alhassan Aisha Jummai (Taraba North),
Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South)and Senator Umaru Dahiru (Sokoto
Senators listed but who did not sign
against their names are Senators Ahmed Mohammad Maccido (Sokoto North),
Saidu Ahmed Alkali (Gombe North), Basheer Garba Mohammed (Kano Central),
Ahmed Zanna (Borno Central) and Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata (Adamawa
It was gathered that the move unsettled the Senate leadership.
Insiders said an emergency PDP Senate caucus meeting scheduled last night must have been informed by defection.
Mark is likely to read the letter today on the floor of the Senate.
With this development, APC now has 43 senators. PDP, which had 73 senators, now has 63.
Labour Party (LP) has two. The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has one.

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