Premium Times (Abuja)

28 January 2014

Nigeria: APC Threat Forces PDP, APGA, Labour Party Governors, Lawmakers Into Crucial Meeting

The growing influence of the All Progressives Congress is forcing a major re-alignment in the House of Representatives as leaders of three major parties met with their lawmakers on Tuesday evening at the National Assembly complex in Abuja.

The meeting which was still on as at 9:45 p.m. was attended by governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Labour Party, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu'azu, was also at the meeting.

Some of the governors at the meeting include Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom, PDP), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo, Labour Party), and Peter Obi (Anambra, APGA).

The meeting was also attended by members of the House of Representatives from the three parties.

A revelation from the meeting was when House leader, Mulikat Akande, said the PDP had promised all its lawmakers automatic tickets for 2015 election, ostensibly to deter them from decamping to the APC. She asked the PDP not to renege on its promise.

The APC has recently benefitted from a wave of defections of PDP lawmakers in the House thus making the former the majority in the congress.

The opposition party also recently asked its lawmakers to frustrate bills by the presidency until law and order is restored in Rivers State, a state where the governor, Rotimi Amaechi, recently decamped, alongside four others, to the APC.

The PDP, APGA, and Labour Party lawmakers have vowed to resist the APC directive while the party's lawmakers said they would abide by it.

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