Aggrieved lawmakers on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)  who are planning to leave the party have shifted their defection date.

The legislators are members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC).

It was gathered that they had wanted to announce their departure from the APC on Thursday.

But the House members, it was learned, changed their minds moments after the APC caucus convened an emergency meeting the same day.

The aim of the meeting was to convince the R-APC faction not to leave the party, according to sources.

Thursday's meeting of the APC caucus coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari's meeting with Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Saraki is believed to be the arrowhead of the impending mass movement.

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Buhari’s meeting with Saraki, the outcome of which was not made public, held simultaneously with another, between Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State and the party's National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

Ortom had indicated on Tuesday that he had technically left the APC.

The former Edo State governor publicly appealed to Ortom not to return to the PDP.

One of sources noted that discussions are ongoing and members want to concretise on strategies before the mass defection will take place. 

“What is known is that the APC has given us signals that there is no accommodation for us in the party.

“We are looking forward to any time before July 26, which is Thursday, next week, to move.”

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