Massive defections loom among APC Senators

Some senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are threatening to abandon the party, Feelers from National Assembly revealed.

The senators, held an emergency meeting last night over the fate of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was gathered, the Senators met at a location in Abuja to decide on how to go about the removal of the Senate President following his defection from the ruling APC to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

An APC senator, who secured his return ticket, told Daily Trust last night that it would be difficult for them to be committed to Saraki’s removal as the party treated many of them “unfairly.”

The senator, who did not want to be named, said while the APC national leadership gave some senators automatic tickets, it left others to go and slug it out.

The senator also noted that a lot of APC senators that did not get their return tickets would join other parties such as the PDP to realize their ambition of returning to the Senate.

“Since we started the move and I saw that they were not serious, I just went to seek my people’s mandate for reelection.

“There’s a caucus meeting this night. But the issue is that the way we fought the whole thing, in the end, we were not regarded as anything. Many of our colleagues are discouraged. Even our religion, we practise it because of the reward God has promised us.

“Some people were given automatic tickets, while others were not given. APC hasn’t been fair to the National Assembly members. Most importantly, they have been discriminatory in treating us. They allowed some of us to go through the exposure and difficulties before coming to say they want to give them automatic tickets,” the senator said.

The lawmaker added that: “The APC system hasn’t been fair to us at all. Seriously, members won’t be much committed to the party as before because there’s no reward, there’s no even recognition. Most members went and spent their resources and even lost out.

“Most of those that lost out will defect because the other parties will just substitute the names of others with theirs. There’s impunity by the party, especially the national chairman. He’s behaving like a dictator. His interest is just Buhari, but the president alone is not APC. Buhari is just a part of APC. Instead of him to build the party, he wants to destroy it.”

A member of the House of Representatives also told Daily Trust that dozens of his colleagues in the APC would join other parties as they were denied return tickets through manipulations.

The APC reps, it was gathered, were angry that their state governors have hijacked the process of the party’s primary elections to favour new entrants into the race.

In states where there are no APC governors, it was learnt that the hijacking was done by officials of the party in the states in cahoots with some officials of the party at the national level.

The aggrieved lawmakers are likely to join other opposition political parties in order to realize their ambition of returning to the Green Chamber, it was further learnt.

The affected lawmakers spread across almost all the 36 states of the federation.

One of the affected lawmakers told our correspondent that if the national secretariat of the party did not take any concrete action, they will dump the party within this week as they resume from their annual recess.

“We don’t want to allow injustice to be meted out on us. We want them to allow a free and fair process so that whoever emerges, we will all be satisfied with the outcome.

“Look at what they (APC) did to some senators by giving them automatic tickets. Don’t we deserve same? Are most of us not loyal to the party too? So, we should also be considered for automatic tickets or they should allow a free and fair process,” one of the lawmakers said.

 

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