The national president of the Congress of all progressives (APC), Adamu Abdullahi, has met with party senators over the recent wave of defections.
Adamu, who arrived at the National Assembly minutes before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, met with the senators behind closed doors.
After the meeting, the national president told reporters that the party was concerned that the departure of some of its dueling lawmakers could affect the party’s chances in the upcoming elections.
While noting that defections, which he described as unfortunate developments, are common during election periods, Adamu revealed that party leaders are looking for ways to stop him, hence the meeting with APC senators.
He said that while other parties are experiencing similar problems, APC’s problems are “being blown out of proportion to the public.”
Although he expressed uncertainty about the persistence of these defections, Adamu hoped that the meeting with the lawmakers of the upper house would help resolve the problem.
“There is no responsible leader who does not worry when he loses a member, let alone two. Right now we are faced with the stark reality of our problems.
“I have committed my colleagues in the National Assembly to face the problem head-on and see it as solvable. We are in politics, I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, nobody knows,” he said.
The meeting comes on the heels of the defections that have shaken the main political parties in recent times.
However, the APC seems to be the most affected by these defections.
The number of APC senators has already been reduced to just over 60.
Every legislative day since its resumption last week, Senate President Ahmad Lawan read a defection letter from at least one APC senator, some of which he described as harrowing.
One such moment was when he announced the departure of former Senate leader Yahaya Abdullahi and Adamu Aliero, both from Kebbi state.
Lawan would go on to announce the defections of Francis Alimekhena and Babba Kaita, who joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Haliru Jika and Lawan Gumau, who joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
While some senators gave no reason for leaving, others cited internal party crises at the state level and interference from their state governors as reasons for leaving. Some of them left because they couldn’t get tickets during the recent primaries to return to the Senate.
With the defections, the NNPP now has two senators, while the Labor Party, the Grand Alliance of All Progressives and the Young Progressives Party each have one.