APC – nPDP Alliance: House Of Reps Leadership Still Intact

Though some House of Representatives members belonging to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may have decided to defect to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), the House leadership led by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal remains intact.

This is coming from the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Ogene in a meeting with journalists in Abuja.

He told the journalists, “People do not cross carpet in groups, except where you have a merger, and a merger can be announced as we saw not too long ago where 3 or more political parties got together and on the floor of the house announced their merger.”

He also noted that until a party is able to get up to 181 members, there is no basis to contemplate a change of leadership in the house.

“Talking about defection, it has to do with individual legislators, as I speak with you, I am not aware of any of such moves towards defection. When we get to that bridge we will cross it, but suffice to say that the leadership of the House is intact, until a particular political party has at least 181 members, that is when you can begin to talk about a party with a majority in the House. So for now the status quo remains, nothing has changed.”

APC’s Number Swells As DPP Prepares To Join New Party

Another opposition political party, the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), has signified its intention to join the newly formed opposition party coalition, All Progressives Congress (APC).
DPP’s entry has further swelled the number of the opposition parties involved in the merger to four, with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) already in the merger.

Addressing Journalists on Wednesday after the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, the DPP National Chairman, Major General Bashir S. Magashi (rtd) said the party having analysed the present political development in the country has resolved to close ranks with the other opposition parties to float a merger.

He said the party has decided to set up a merger committee to immediately enter into negotiations with other opposition parties and leaders of APC.