Three Senators who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have resigned their membership of the ruling party.
The lawmakers are Senators Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).
Babba Kaita and Alimikhena defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, while Gumau defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The notice of their resignation and defection was contained in three separate letters read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday.
Babba Kaita’s letter read in part, “As Senator representing Katsina North Senatorial District, I write to formally notify you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), and registration declaration for the Peoples Democratic Party.
“My resignation from the APC was born out of the marginalisation of critical stakeholders by the State Government and Leadership of the Party in Katsina State, where small people like me do not have a chance.
“I have since been joyful and graciously accepted into the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State.”
Alimikhena on the other hand, explained that his decision to resign from the APC was as a result of “continuing and multifaceted crisis that has bedeviled the APC”, especially in his Senatorial District.
He said, “That has created parallel executives that has undermined internal discipline, cohesion and focus.”
The defection by the three lawmakers reduces the total number of APC Senators from 64 to 62 in the upper chamber.
The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) , has risen from 39 to 41 , while the New Nigeria Peoples Party ( NNPP) has 2 , the Young Progressive Party ( YPP) 1 and All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) 1.
The remaining two seats are vacant due to positions of National Chairmanship and Deputy National Chairmanship of APC now occupied by Senators Adamu Abdullahi ( Nasarawa West ) and Abubakar Kyari ( Borno North .