Saraki, Dogara still in APC to bid for time

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The report reveals that the two leaders want their defection to have a greater impact on the APC – The two are expected to move out of the APC with some governors and more lawmakers It has been learnt that the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara respectively, have decided to remain in the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a reason. The duo refused to join their defecting colleagues on Tuesday, July 24, despite reportedly being among members of the ruling party who had recently had grievances. Daily Trust reports that all the lawmakers from Kwara state and a few loyalists to Dogara from Bauchi moved into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Read more.

The source added that right now, it was certain that Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) would defect to the PDP. The same source reportedly expressed doubts on where Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) stands. “If you remember, some APC governors led by Abdulaziz Yari and Kashim Shettima had met with Tambuwal in Sokoto. “They actually cautioned him against moving to the PDP because he would not get what he wants, which is the presidential ticket; I think he agreed,” he said. The report quoted another source as saying there was a huge difference between the defections of nPDP in 2015 and what happened on Tuesday, July 24. “All those that defected yesterday were much stronger and influential politically in 2015. With the exception of Saraki, many of them have lost out in their states,” the source said. It also quoted someone in the PDP as speaking on phone and saying the two leaders would leave soon.

 

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