To prevent more defections, Buhari holds crucial meetings with APC senators, governors
To salvage what is left of its majority status in the National Assembly, President Muammadu Buhari on Wednesday held marathon meetings with some senators and governors from his party.
Mr Buhari is billed to embark on a 10-day vacation on Thursday, hence, a meeting with these two set of politicians to ensure more defections do not occur before his return.
Mr Buhari’s fear of more defection flows from the series of crises rocking the party at different states.
As a consequence of these, over two scores senators and members of the House of Representatives, three governors, its National Publicity Secretary and several others dumped the party in the past two weeks amids reports more defections are expected.
Despite the defections, the APC still has the majority at the Senate with 53 lawmakers against opposition PDP’s 50. This was the statistics until Tuesday when the Senate President, Bukola Saraki announced he is leaving the party. Mr Saraki’s decision leaves the Senate presidency, its deputy in the hands of opposition.
At state level, governors of Benue, Kwara and Sokoto as well as the deputy governor of Kano all left the APC and joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Although APC still controls a majority at the House of Reps, the composition in the Senate, coupled with several in-fightings in states, is a huge source of concern for Mr Buhari.