"Defection of PDP senators is irreversible" - APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) friday described an alleged attempt to frustrate the defection of eleven Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to its fold as an exercise in futility, insisting that the defection was Irreversible.

This is coming on the heels of reports that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar may declare for the APC any moment from now; just as all elected officials in the 16 local government areas of Kwara State Friday defected to the APC from the PDP.

However, the new National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu remains upbeat as he continues his reconciliation efforts by visiting former military president Ibrahim Babangida in Minna, Niger State.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu had on Thursday delayed reading the letter submitted by the 11 defecting PDP Senators with the excuse that it would be addressed when the President of the Senate, David Mark returns next Tuesday.

But the interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Muhammed declared friday that nothing could reverse the defection and accused the leadership of the Senate of “attempting to play the PDP card by seeking to procure another court injunction that will frustrate the defection of its members to APC.”
Muhammed continued: “The truth of the matter is that the letter was submitted at 10 am on Wednesday and in law, the notification is enough to effect defection.

"So, if they are going around looking for injunction they are wasting their time; no court will issue an injunction for an event that has passed. The eleven Senators have defected the moment the letter was submitted to the Senate. Whether he reads it or not, does not stop their defection."
The APC spokesman alleged that the PDP had earlier secured an injunction in order to prevent APC from effecting a change in the leadership of the House of Representatives “and is doing the same thing at the Senate.”
" You see, they are acting in self denial. They do not want Nigerians to know that their number is depleting by the day, " he said.
The eleven senators that tendered their notification to join APC included Bukola Saraki (Kwara) Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), Umaru Dahiru (Sokoto South), Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central), Shaba Lafiagi (Kwara North), Aisha Alhassan (Taraba North) and Magnus Abe (Rivers South-east).

Others are Ali Ndume (Borno South), Bindowo Jubrilla (Adamawa North), Wilson Ake (Rivers West) and Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East).