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Fifteen Senators from Nigeria’s Ruling APC Crossover to Join the PDP

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Some fifteen lawmakers who were affiliated to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) have officially joined the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The defection comes on the heels of General Elections billed for 2019. With such a move, the APC is currently the minority party in Nigeria’s Senate- the Upper Chamber of its Parliament.

Deepening further the rift inside the APC which has witnessed a breakaway faction recently to set up the Reformed-All Progressive Congress(R-APC). Holding talks since the split in order to join forces with the PDP.

Since the crossover, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki took to Twitter to announce the defection of his colleagues. The PDP has a total of 54 senators against 49 for the APC. The remaining senatorial seats are shared between two other parties, having two seats each. Two vacant seats exist with no politically affiliated senator assigned to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neba Benson,

BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst

 

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