The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC alongside all members of the state House of Assembly.
According to Independent, they decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
The APC has recently been hit by a series of defections which started from the National Assembly (NASS). Over 50 members of the APC in the National Assembly decamped to the PDP on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state dumped the APC for the PDP.
Meanwhile, the APC, in a statement made available to newsmen, described Governor Ortom’s defection as surprising.
According to the APC’s spokesman, Bolaji Abudullahi, it is not too late to bring Ortom back to the ruling party.
Although many have described Tambuwal’s defection as another major blow to the the ruling party. President Buhari however told party faithfuls not be bothered about the defection of some of its members, describing those who left the party as non-members who were only around to observe.
The President stated this in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Read the statement below:
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his total commitment to the values of democracy, freedom of choice as well as total willingness to work with all members of the National Assembly, irrespective of their political party, for the benefit of the nation.
In his reaction to the developments Tuesday morning at the National Assembly, the President noted that none of the defecting federal lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had any specific grievances against him or the government he leads; neither did he harbour anything against any of them.
As the saying goes, all politics is local. We understand that some of the distinguished and honourable lawmakers have issues with their home states, especially on zoning which bars some of them from seeking another term in their constituencies.
Noting that the APC had done its utmost to stop the defections, the President commended the leadership of the party for relentlessly working for its unity and ensuring success in the upcoming elections.
President Buhari assured members of the APC of his total support and urged party faithful not to despair but to see the defections as a seasonal occurrence that happens on election eve.
He expressed confidence that no harm or injury will be done to the party and its aspirations by the movements.
President Buhari wished all the decamped members the best in their future undertakings.
Today, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, Nigerians woke up to reports that security personnel have laid siege on the homes of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.