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21 Nov 2018

Post-primaries’ crises: Reps dump APC, condemn ruling party

Two members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, announced their resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

They are Babatunde Kolawole representing Akoko South-West and South-East in Ondo State, and Mukaila Kazzim representing Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency in Ogun State.

Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, read letters from the lawmakers announcing their resignations from APC at the plenary.

While Kolawole joined the Peoples Democratic Party, Kazeem did not name his new party in his letter.

Both lawmakers, however, blamed their resignations on the APC over how the party managed its primaries and fielded its candidates.
Kolawole said the APC had derailed from its change mantra, alleging that there were imposition of candidates, zoning arrangements and ‘godfatherism,’ among others, during the primaries held by the party in Ondo.

Kazzim also said he left the APC due to irreconcilable differences following the House of Representatives’ primary held on October 7, 2018, by the APC chapter in Ogun.

A member, Mr. Aminu Suleiman from Kano, however, urged Dogara to declare their seats vacant, alleging that the defections were not in accordance with the provisions of Section 68(1) of the Constitution.

Dogara, however, ruled Suleiman out of order.

The gale of defections had hit both chambers of the National Assembly since July 2018, with President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Dogara defecting from the APC to the PDP.

Former Majority Leader of the Senate, Bukola Godswill Akpabio, had also dumped the PDP for the APC.

Several other lawmakers had also dumped the APC for the African Democratic Congress, People’s Redemption Party, among others.

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