Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Choosing sides

Politicians in Nigeria are choosing sides in preparation for next year's elections.

15 APC senators dump party
Fourteen senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday defected from their party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The senators in a joint letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made their intention known.

The letter reads:

Dear Senate President,

After due consultation, with our constituents and stakeholders in our constituency, in proper recognition section 16 (1G) of the 1999 constitution, and for the fact of our party, The All Progressives Congress…

We hereby inform you that we are changing our political affiliation from APC to PDP. We thank you for your exemplary leadership. Congress…

In a follow-up announcement, Mr Saraki said another senator, Abdulazaz Nyako, has also announced his defection…



37 House of Reps members dump APC
Nigeria House of Representatives

A total of 37 members of the House of Representatives have defected from Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Of this number, 32 joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while four joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC). One later announced he was also leaving the APC but did not state his new party…

Few minutes after the 36 announced their defection, the chairman of the House of Representatives Rules and Business, Orker Jev, announced he was also resigning from the APC.

He cited division in the APC as his reason for leaving the party. He however did not announce the party he is moving to…

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