APC to prevent defection of 18 senators

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly moved yesterday to thwart a likely slide into the minority in the Senate.

It is believed that 18 more senators elected on the platform of the party are gearing up to join opposition political parties.

Should this happen, the APC would lose its majority status.

As it is, the party has lost seven senators to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Those who defected are Senators Yahaya Abdullahi, Adamu Aliero, Ahmad Baba-Kaithal, Haliru Jika, Francis Alimikhena, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Lawal Yahaya Gumau.

To avoid further defections, National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu led Deputy National Chairman Abubakar Kyari and National Secretary Iyiola Omisore – all of them former senators – to a two-hour meeting with the APC caucus in the Senate yesterday.

A source at the meeting said the Senators were led to the session by President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan.

Adamu pleaded with the senators, many of whom are displeased with the outcome of the primaries, to have a rethink and allow the party to address their grievances.

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