Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal are no longer card carrying members of All Progressive Congress.

They defected to the opposition People's Democratic Party.

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has however shed more light on why the Senate President and Sokoto State Governor defected. 

He said on Sunday that the duo left the All Progressives Congress because of the party’s refusal to grant their wishes of automatic tickets for next year’s elections.

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Tinubu explained that the defectors were also disappointed because the APC refused to share “national wealth and other offices and privileges.”

“Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the Presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. 

"Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination,” Tinubu said in a statement titled, “They go away because we go the right way,” which he personally signed.

He said Saraki, on his own, had realised that he might not even get the ticket to return to the Senate, much less become the Senate President.

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