20 Nigerian MPs defect to opposition

Twenty members in the House of Assembly have defected to the opposition party.

20 Nigerian MPs defect to opposition

World Bulletin / News Desk

Twenty of the 24 members in the House of Assembly in Nigeria's central Kwara State have defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), further depleting the ranks of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP).

"We have collectively resolved to join the APC as a result of the crisis plaguing the PDP," Assembly Speaker Razaq Atunwa said, reading aloud a letter signed by the defectors.

"Our decision follows the law, which recognizes freedom of association," he added.

Only two MPs – Abdulfattahi Bakene and Ilyasu Ibrahim – stayed with the ruling party.

The remaining two representatives were the assembly's only opposition MPs.

The PDP has recently been battered by crises that have resulted in a storm of defections that began in December, when five PDP governors joined the APC. They were followed by 37 federal lawmakers and another 27 state parliamentarians from the northwestern Sokoto State.

The five governors included Kwara State's Abdulfattah Ahmed and Sokoto State's Aliyu Wammako, along with three others from the Rivers, Adamawa and Kano states.

Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2014, 16:33
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