Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in the senate and house of representatives are poised to decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP before July 31.
It was gathered that the Reformed All Progressives Congress, R-APC, a faction that broke away from the APC, had completed the first phase of the plot ahead of the mass defection. It was also learned that in spite of the belittling of the strength of the R-APC by the APC, many lawmakers were aggrieved and would leave the latter.
This development will be reminiscent of a similar mass defection by the new Peoples Democratic Party to the APC in the run-up to the 2015 polls in 2014.
Analyzing the cause of the crisis in the APC, a reliable source revealed that it was majorly about Return Tickets. the source said;
“Members are not happy. Politics is about self-interest. When governors collude with party officials to snatch the return tickets of members, you know they will seek survival elsewhere.
Return ticket is the issue. In the APC, many of them have been told to forget 2019. If they will get it in PDP, then that is the aim of the planned mass defection. There are consultations across board and before the end of the month, they will make the defection come through.
With the split, the R- APC has fulfilled the provision of Section 68(1 )( g) of the 1999 Constitution. There are sufficient grounds to leave the APC today with the division created by the split.”
Take it or leave it, the APC can no longer beat its chest to say it has the loyalty of members in many states, particularly in the North- Central states, where herdsmen kill villagers at will, and with no action by the Federal Government.
States like Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Kogi, Kwara, Taraba contributed in swinging the votes in favor of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
So, you are looking at an alliance between these states and the almost wholesale support for the PDP in the South – East and the South-South and you will get the picture.
Even in the North – West, the APC will lose members in Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Gombe states. The situation is not different in the South – West, where the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, can no longer secure mass support like he did in 2015.”