Senator Abdulahi Adamu, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Wednesday, expressed concerns over the spate of defection hitting the ruling party of late.
Our correspondent reports that APC had recorded several defections to opposition Peoples Democratic Party and other emerging political parties, thus reducing the party’s strength in the National Assembly. At least seven senators had left the party since the conclusion of its primaries into various elective positions.
So far, senators Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi) Adamu Aliero (Kebbi), Dauda Jika (Bauchi), Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo) have ditched the APC.
Adamu had paid an unscheduled visit to the National Assembly where he held talks with some of them, apparently to forestall mass defection.
Adamu said after his close-door meeting with the lawmakers that, “These kinds of things give cause for stakeholders to sneeze. Nigeria is not an exception and the APC is not an exception.
“I don’t give a damn what is happening in other parties. I care about what is happening in our party.
“You know that it is not just in APC that this thing is happening. We are the ruling party. Our problems are more prominent in the public glare.
“No responsible leader would not worry about losing one member, not to talk of two, three. We are faced with the stark reality of their problems but we are committed with my colleagues in the National Working Committee to face the problems squarely and solve them by the grace of God.”