As the 2019 general elections approach, Nigeria’s political landscape has started witnessing massive shake-ups.
Ahead of the elections, politicians are crossing from one political party to another looking for political parties which suit their interests.
President Buhari referred to defection as a seasonal occurrence that happens on election eve.
While all Nigerian major parties have been both the victims (and beneficiaries) of the gale of defections, it appears the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is the worst hit, at least as of the time of filing this report.
In this report, NAIJ.com lists the important politicians who have defected from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties.
Senate president Bukola Saraki is the latest political heavyweight to leave the APC. He announced his defection to the PDP on Tuesday, July 31.
2.Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state
Regarded as Saraki’s godson, Kwara governor also announced his defection to the PDP immediately after his godfather’s announcement
3. Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state
After series of unconfirmed announcements and denials, Governor Ortom also announced his defection to the PDP
Senators that defected
4. Dino Melaye (Kogi West)
5. Barnabas Gemade (Benue Northeast)
6. Ibrahim Danbaba (Sokoto South)
7. Shaaba Lafiaji (Kwara North)
8. Mohammed Shitu (Jigawa Northeast)
9. Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South)
10. Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North)
11. Isa Misau (Bauchi Central)
12. Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central)
13. Usman Nafada (Gombe North)
14. Musa Kwankwaso (Kano-Central)
15. Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North)
16. Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Central)
House of Reps members who defected
17. Orker Jev (Benue)
18. Sunday Adepoju (Oyo)
19.Olugbemi Samson (Oyo)
20.Taiwo Michael (Oyo)
21.Olasupo Abiodun (Oyo)
22. Garba Umar (Kano)
23. Olayonu Tope (Kwara)
24. Ahmed Garba (Kano)
25. Kabiru Marafa (Sokoto)
26. Zakari Mohammed (Kwara)
27. Abubakar Amuda-Kanike (Kwara)
28. Ali Madaki (Kano)
29. Hassan Saleh (Benue)
30. Ahman Pategi (Kwara)
31. Mark Gbillah (Benue),
32. Shehu Usman (Kano)
33. Aminu Shagari (Sokoto)
34. Nuhu Danburam (Kano)
35. Atunwa Abdulrazak (Kwara)
36. Salisu Zakari (Bauchi)
37. Hassan Omale (Kogi)
38. Rufai Chanchangi (Kaduna)
39. Abdulsamad Dasuki (Sokoto)
40. Sani Zoro (Jigawa)
41. Benjamin Okolo (Kogi)
42. Funke Adedoyi (Kwara),
43. Bode Ayorinde (Ondo)
44. Bashiru Salihu (Sokoto)
45. Barry Mpigi (Rivers)
46. Nasiru Sule (Kano)
47. Segun Ogunwuyi (Oyo)
48. Lawal Rabiu (Kaduna)
49. Sani Rano (Kano)
50. Dickson Tarkighir (Benue)
51. Musa Adotsamiya (Kano)
52. Emmanuel Udende (Benue)
Meanwhile, the National Working Committee of the APC) has reportedly queried the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, for allegedly producing a conducive environment for its members to defect recently.
The party’s NWC asked Saraki to respond within 48 hours to its query as to why disciplinary action should not to be taken against him for breaching article 21 of the constitution of the party.