There are strong indications that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is crumbling as Governors, Senators, others set to openly defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the next four months.
It was learnt that some APC Governors, Senators and members of the House of Representatives, are dissatisfied with events in the ruling political party.
This is coming at a time the PDP has declared that its platform was open to all Nigerians to actualise their dreams of contesting elections.
One of the sources revealed that the PDP is planning on how the defecting APC members would be received.
He said Nigerians would be shocked by the calibre of APC members that would dump the party for the PDP.
Although he refused to mention names of those involved, he hinted that they were from the North West and North Central geopolitical zones.
“By the time the Governors move, Nigerians will be surprised. Some APC Governors are already disenchanted with the party and its leadership. Before the Asaba meeting, PDP leadership had opened talks with them and the talks have been fruitful, we were told. They will be received in the next four months.”
“The crux of the NWC meeting was how to fine-tune modalities on how to receive those joining PDP and how they will be integrated.”
The source said the defection that would happen in the National Assembly would be so huge that the configuration would change.
According to him, what happened in the National Assembly when Sokoto State Governor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, spearheaded the defection of PDP lawmakers to APC may repeat itself.
“By the time Federal lawmakers move to the PDP, I can tell you that the PDP will constitute the majority. They are joining us in preparation for the 2019 general elections,” he said.
Part of the reason some of the lawmakers were angry with the APC and the Federal Government, it was gathered, is the Presidency’s handling of the nomination of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
It was gathered that some of the Senators said the Presidency has shown disdain for the Senate in the Magu issue and, therefore, senators feel insulted.
Meanwhile, PDP has said that its platform was open to all Nigerians interested in contesting for various positions, including the Presidency.
Consequently, the PDP said none of its organs was permitted to align with any particular presidential aspirant ahead of next year’s polls.
The PDP declared, in a communiqué jointly signed by Secondus and the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State: “We reiterate that our repositioned party is prepared for the 2019 elections and will ensure that all Nigerians aspiring to elective offices are free to contest on the platform of the PDP.
“We want to assure that no established organ of the party is allowed to align with any Presidential aspirant. We thank the people and Government of Delta State for playing host to this all-important meeting.”
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