Friday, 28 November 2014

President Jonathan's Minister dumps PDP, as 21 Reps and 2 PDP Senators sets to decamp to APC

About 21 members of the Nigerian House of Representatives have written to formerly notify the leadership of the House of their decision to dump the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to reports, two Senators are set to jump train to the opposition party as well.
The lawmakers are said to have wanted to defect as a result of a direct fallout of the November 1 PDP ward congresses.
With this development, the APC seem to be poised to reclaim its majority member status in the House which it temporarily enjoyed last December when 37 lawmakers defected to its fold.
But the glory did not last long however when some aggrieved APC lawmakers as well defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.
House Deputy Minority Leader, Suleiman Kawu Sumaila (APC, Kano) confirmed the development to reporters.
He enthused that apart from the House members, who have already indicated interest to decamp; more will decamp after PDP’s National Assembly primary election in the coming days.
Giving a clue as to those who are set to dump PDP for APC, Sumaila said the Reps members include Reps Jagaba Adams Jagaba and Isah Ashiru from Kaduna State while four of their colleagues from Bauchi State have also notified the leadership of their intention. Two members from Akwa Ibom State including Rep. Robinson Uwak and four others from Kebbi State are also expected to formally dump PDP anytime soon.
“We are certain that after the primaries more PDP members will join us in the APC,” Rep. Kawu Sumaila said.
 Sources in the Senate also said Senators Atiku Bagudu from Kebbi State and Saidu Alkali from Gombe State are also talking with parliamentary opposition leaders ahead of their formal defection.

Meanwhile, the Former Minister of State for Works under President Goodluck Jonathan, Chris Ogiemwonyi, has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, to the opposition All Progressives Congress.
Chris Ogiemwonyi who is vying for the Edo state governorship seat in 2016 is expected to be formally received by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other leaders of the APC today.
Ogiemwonyi told reporters that his decision to join the APC was due to the performance of the party and the state governor in the transformation of Edo.
Berating the PDP for dismal performance over the last 10 years, Ogiemwonyi said, “People like to do comparative analysis. The PDP was in Edo for 10 years and APC is here now for six years. The boy in the University of Benin or Ekpoma will compare when the PDP was here and what they are seeing today. We are no more fools, nobody can come here and talk about using federal might to rig, the people of Edo State will decide.
“You are not coming to force anything on our throat; time has passed when one man will decide who becomes who in Edo State. Edo people are not fools. We are all giving support to Oshiomhole because of what he is doing in the state. Our people can see the difference.
“Look at our roads with six lanes. Look at the Benin Water Storm project. Today flood no longer sack our people. If not for the bad state Oshiomhole met this state, we would have been comparing Edo to Lagos. Edo people will vote the APC come 2015 and 2016. I have no doubt about that.”
Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, former Head of State, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Lagos state Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other members of the party are all expected at the formal reception of ex Minister Chris Ogiemwonyi at the traditional Urhokpota ground, Ring Road Benin city



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