Fourteen senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 37 House of Representative members on Tuesday defected from their party to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The senators in a joint letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said, we hereby inform you that we are changing our political affiliation from APC to PDP. We thank you for your exemplary leadership.
Of the 37 House of Representatives who dumped APC, 32 joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while four joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC). One later announced he was also leaving the APC but did not state his new party.
Announcing their defection on Tuesday during plenary, the first 36 lawmakers cited division at all levels of the APC as the reason for their defection.
Neither the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, nor his deputy, Yusuff Lasun, was named among the defectors.
Few minutes after the 36 announced their defection, the chairman of the House of Representatives Rules and Business, Orker Jev, announced he was also resigning from the APC.