The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, is set to declare dump the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, for the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in January 2014, National Mirror reports.
“Mr Speaker… is set to tap the numerical strength of APC in the House to retain his seat. The defection of Mr Speaker is going to alter the political equation in the House substantially because many other members of the House are likely to join him to move to APC.
“The speaker has made up his minds and he has perfected the strategies with the leaders of APC and he is not likely to go into APC alone as some of his colleagues in the House have also decided to follow him into the opposition party,” the paper quoted a source in Tambuwal’s camp to have made this revelation.
Few days ago, the former Governor of Benue State, George Akume, who is now a Senator, disclosed in Makurdi that 31 House of Reps members will join the APC, after 37 had dumped the PDP for APC some weeks ago.
Tambuwal’s body language has recently suggested his love for the opposition party. He has publicly accused President Goodluck Jonathan of supporting corruption in the country.
If Tambuwal finally joins the APC in January 2014, the opposition party will now boast of 173 federal lawmakers, which will peg the PDP at 170. And if the other 30 finally join the APC, as revealed by Akume, the opposition party will then have 203 lawmakers at the lower chamber of the National Assembly, leaving the PDP with only 140 members.
National Mirror also reported that the Sokoto State chapter of the APC has mandated its Tambuwal local government chapter of the party to formally present a membership card to the Speaker, who has been asked by the state Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, to formally declare his stand.
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