Critical Times News : APC CRISIS: Aggrieved Reps members to begin defection from party today Wednesday

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APC CRISIS: Aggrieved Reps members to begin defection from party today Wednesday


Aggrieved All Progressives Congress members of the House of Representatives have resolved to dump the party, following their inability to secure return tickets for 2019, findings by The PUNCH indicated on Tuesday.

Investigations showed that the resignation would be done in batches, beginning from Wednesday (today) on the floor of the House in Abuja.

One member, who has been prominent in the negotiations with the party for a return ticket, Mr Musa Soba, categorically told The PUNCH that the members would leave.

He will be among the first batch to dump the ruling party today.

Soba, who is from Kaduna State, stated, “We have decided to resign our membership of the APC.

“However, this will come in batches.

“My resignation will come up through a letter to be read on the floor of the House tomorrow (today).”
Over 70 lawmakers had petitioned the appeal panel of the APC after they lost their tickets at its last primary election for the February general elections.

While some of the members had complained that the process was “manipulated” to favour some preferred contestants, others alleged that the party approved direct or indirect primaries in one instance, only to make a U- turn the next moment.

But findings indicated that the panel resolved the petitions of about eight members in their favour. Over 62 others lost the appeal.

When the final list of candidates was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja on Thursday last week, The PUNCH gathered that the majority of the aggrieved members were not captured.

Those confirmed to be on the list were the Chairman, House Committee on Financial Crimes, Mr Kayode Oladele, Mr Isiaka Ibrahim, Mr Baderinwa White, Mr Aminu Malle, Mr Goodluck Opia, Mr Mayowa Akinfolarin, Mr Lado Abdullahi and Mr Jimoh Oladele.

The aggrieved members have been meeting since the final list was submitted to take a decision on their political future.

The PUNCH learnt that the meetings were rounded off on Tuesday (yesterday) with the position that the affected members would leave the party in batches, starting from this morning.

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