Ahead Of 2023 General Election, Massive Defections Rock APC - Matrixliveng
Ahead Of 2023 General Election, Massive Defections Rock APC

Ahead Of 2023 General Election, Massive Defections Rock APC

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  • Why Members Are Aggrieved- FFK
  • Party In Fence-Mending Move

As the All-Progressives Congress (APC) heads into the 2023 General Election, the ruling party have a tough fight on its hand to keep more members from defecting to other parties.

APC has been rocked with a series of defections lately. A few days ago, three Senators belonging to the APC resigned their membership in the ruling party.

The lawmakers are Senators Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).

The defection of the three lawmakers reduced the total number of APC Senators from 70 to 67 in the upper chamber.

As if that was not worrisome enough, former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of the APC, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, raised an alarm that 22 Senators of the ruling party were at the verge of leaving the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their inability to secure re-election tickets in the just-concluded APC primaries.

Chief Fani-Kayode on Wednesday took to his verified social media handles, saying the threat by the aggrieved Senators was a serious matter and something must be done to avert the mass defection.

He added that many party members have expressed concerns over the development even as he called on the national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to quickly wade in by reaching out to the affected lawmakers.

The former Minister wrote: “22 APC Senators are threatening to decamp to PDP because they have been denied the tickets to return to the Senate.

“This is serious and something must be done to prevent it.

“Many are concerned and we urge our able National Chairman and National Secretary to reach them. We cannot afford to lose them.”

 It’s no different at the state’s level. From Kano to Bauchi, Osun to Plateau, the party has been rocked by massive defections.

In Kebbi State, two senators, one House of Representatives member and some House of Assembly members in the state defected to the PDP with their supporters.

Former APC spokesman, Sani Dododo, said the defection became necessary because the present administration shunned justice during the primary.

He explained that Senators Adamu Aliero and Yahaya Argungu among others felt cheated.

“A withdrawal letter was given to the APC ward and council chairman to indicate that they have withdrawn their membership cards from APC,” he said.

The rank of the ruling party in Kano State was also massively depleted recently in a manner that has not been experienced in the last eight years since the party came to power.

An indication that things are not okay in the party first emerged after a former member of the House of Representatives, Jubril Abdulmumin said he was quitting the party.

The former House of Representatives member said he has dumped the party, urging his supporters to watch his next move to another party.

“I have done my best for APC. It’s time to move on. I will announce my new political party within the next 24 hours. I will make a formal statement in due course,” Jibrin said in one of his social media platforms.

The former lawmaker who is also the Director General of Ahmed Bola Tinubu Campaign Group has been having a running battle with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who is believed not to be disposed to his aspiration to represent the party in the House next year.

Reacting, APC national chairman, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, described the mass defection of members of the party to other political parties as unfortunate and worrisome.

Adamu made this comment to newsmen after he met with the APC Senate Caucus at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

He said: “It is an unfortunate development when it happens, but this is the season for all manner of behaviour in the political space. And Nigeria is not an exception.

“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze. This is what we are experiencing. Nigeria is no exception and the APC is no exception.

“I don’t give a damn what is happening in other parties. I care about what is happening in our party, but you and I know that it’s not just in the APC that is having this experience; because we are the ruling party, yes our problems are more prominent in the public glare.”

He stated that every responsible leader will be concerned worry about losing one member, not to talk of two. At the moment, we are faced with the stark reality of that problem and we are committed with my colleagues in the National Working Committee (NWC) to face the problems squarely and see the problems are solvable, and we will solve them,” he said.

It is left to be seen how the party will be able to stem this tide of defection rocking the party ahead of the general election in 2023.

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