Members of the House of Representatives who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from All Progressive Party (APC) this week have laughed off the claim of the APC that they will reverse their decision and return into its fold.
They claimed the decision to dump the ruling party didn’t come easy, but was the best for the country after careful consideration.
In an extraordinary turn of events in the National Assembly, 37 lawmakers had on Tuesday defected from the APC – thirty-two of the lawmakers defected to the PDP, while four members moved to the African Democratic Congress.
The Coordinator of the 32 defectors, Mr. Razak Atunwa, reacted angrily to the thought of returning to the APC following a reconciliation move by the ruling party, Daily Trust writes.
Atunwa, who is the chairman, House Committee on Justice, lambasted the APC for having “limited understanding” of governance for attributing the defection to just return ticket.
He said, “Ticket or no ticket, this is a decision that we have taken and we know this is the best.
“We are talking about fundamental national issues, lack of good governance and generally, a government that has failed to deliver on its promises to the Nigerian people.
“When you reduce it to ticket, you make this whole fight look unserious or merely which party has majority or not majority. We are talking about a government that has failed.”
The National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole however remains unmoved by the defections, saying the lawmakers were ‘big masquerades without electoral value.’