Yesterday, news had it that up to 13 Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress defected to their rival – the Peoples Democratic Party.
The President of the federation, President Muhammadu Buhari has released a statement on the defection.
Mr Buhari while reacting admitted that the All Progressive Congress did it best to prevent the lawmakers from defecting.
I wish all of our party members who today defected, the very best in their future undertakings. The APC has done its best to stop the defections, and I must commend the party leadership for working tirelessly to unite the party and position it for future victory.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) July 24, 2018
Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu had their homes in the early hours of Tuesday taken over by security operatives.
The plot is said to be a ploy to prevent them from making it to the National Assembly today because of a plan by many lawmakers to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The plan failed as Mr Saraki latter surfaced at the Senate, while his deputy was prevented from leaving his residence.
The gale of defection started at the Senate with 15 APC lawmakers leaving the APC. Their counterparts at the House of Representatives numbering about 36 also left the party. Most of them defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
Reacting, Buhari admitted his party used all at their disposal to stop the lawmakers.
“I wish all of our party members who today defected, the very best in their future undertakings,” the president said in a tweet on Tuesday through his twitter handle, @MBuhari.
“The APC has done its best to stop the defections, and I must commend the party leadership for working tirelessly to unite the party and position it for future victory,” he added.