APC Crisis: 36 More Reps May Jump Ship
Despite the effort by President Muhammadu Buhari to find a lasting solution to the problem that erupted after the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress, there were strong indications on Monday that more members of the House of Representatives might leave the party.
Findings showed that about 36 more aggrieved members could leave the party next week.
Recall that up to 70 members had protested their loss of return tickets after the party’s primaries.
Incidentally, the panel was said to have resolved only eight of the cases in favour of the petitioners, leaving 62 on their own.
On Wednesday last week, a member from Kaduna State, Musa Soba, resigned from the APC on the floor of the House in Abuja to cap his protest against alleged “injustice.”
He had also disclosed that the members, after a series of meetings, had resolved to start defecting or resigning from the party in batches.
When contacted on Monday, Soba confirmed that about 36 aggrieved members would be in the next batch to leave the APC.
He added that more members would leave before November 17.
Soba stated, “About 36 more members will follow next week.
“Others will also exit before the 17th of November.”
Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the House and leader of the APC caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila, in a quick reaction on Monday, said that there were “genuine” and “not so genuine” cases, which would ultimately be resolved by the APC.
“These things are normal during election cycles when people feel short-changed. It has happened across all parties and it is how it is handled that matters.
“Some have genuine cases and some not so genuine. However, I know many of the members who might have lost out during the primaries and I believe over time when the dust settles, their issues will be resolved one way or another.
“I know them to be fierce party loyalists, who will remain true to the party. Of that, I am confident.”
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