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Defection fever grips APC as Adamu meets Senate caucus

By Nathaniel Zacchaeus
National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu, has said the party was worried over the gale of defections among the senators.

He stated this when he met with the senators who were elected on the platform of the ruling party yesterday.

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Adamu, who spoke to journalists after his closed-door meeting with the APC caucus meeting, however, said it was a usual occurrence during the election period.

He, nevertheless said the situation was enough for any leader to worry over the loss of any member but that there was nothing he could not stop any politician from defecting.

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He said, “The meeting with the senators was most fruitful. The issue of defection is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season where there is all sort of behaviours in the political space and ours is not an exception.

“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception so is the APC, not an exception.

“I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC. But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC, it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.”

Adamu said he doesn’t know if the problem of defection would persist in the party but he has met with his colleagues at the National Assembly and he believes the issue is surmountable.

He added, “There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems.

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“I have committed my colleagues at the National Assembly to face the problem squarely and see the problem as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does.”

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Meanwhile, the new Senate Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda, expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus could soon form a majority in the Senate with the gale of defection by All Progressives Congress (APC) senators.

Aduda stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja.

He said with the number of senators defecting to the PDP, his party might soon ensure that it worked towards becoming the majority in the Senate.

He noted that as the new Minority Leader, there would surely be challenges, expressing hope, however, that those challenges would be surmounted.

He said, “There are a lot of challenges as 2023 approaches; we will manage them. This is the season you have aggrieved members from all sides, various defections by those who are aggrieved, and those who got their parties’ tickets.

“I can assure you that we will ensure we give meaningful leadership to the minority in the Senate,” he said.

On the support that Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) is getting from some PDP members, Aduda said he wasn’t perturbed.

He said, “Make no mistake about it, grassroots politics is different from internet politics. You can have a lot of followership on the internet, but when you go to the grassroots it is not so.

“The hype is not what is in the grassroots. It doesn’t matter if Peter Obi is gathering follower-ship because, in politics, we lose some and gain some.”

 

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