THREE senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have resigned their membership of the party.
They include Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).
While Babba Kaita and Alimikhena defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gumau, on the other hand, moved to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan read their separate letters of resignation on the floor of the red chamber during Tuesday’s Plenary.
“As Senator representing Katsina North Senatorial District, I write to formally notify you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), and registration declaration for the Peoples Democratic Party,” Kaita said in his letter.
He noted that his resignation from the APC was borne out of the marginalisation of critical stakeholders by his state government and leadership of the party in Katsina State, where, according to him, small people like him do not have a chance.
Kaita added that he has since “been joyful and graciously accepted into the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State.”
Alimikhena on his part, explained that his decision was as a result of “continuing and multifaceted crisis that has bedeviled the APC”, especially in his Senatorial District, “that has created parallel executives that has undermined internal discipline, cohesion and focus”.
The lawmakers’ defection is coming barely a week after Senate Majority Leader Yahaya Abdullahi, and Adamu Aliero defected to the PDP.
This development has reduced the total number of APC Senators from 70 to 67, according to a statement by the Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiowo.