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. 1. Saraki 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 4. Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state After several weeks of speculation, Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto on Tuesday, August 1, also defected to the PDP.
Senators that defected 5. Dino Melaye (Kogi West) 6. Barnabas Gemade (Benue Northeast) 7. Ibrahim Danbaba (Sokoto South) 8. Shaaba Lafiaji (Kwara North) 9. Mohammed Shitu (Jigawa Northeast) 10. Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South) 11. Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North) 12. Isa Misau (Bauchi Central) 13. Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central) 14. Usman Nafada (Gombe North) 15. Musa Kwankwaso (Kano-Central)
16. Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North) 17. Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Central) House of Reps members who defected 18. Orker Jev (Benue) 19. Sunday Adepoju (Oyo) 20.Olugbemi Samson (Oyo) 21.Taiwo Michael (Oyo) 22.Olasupo Abiodun (Oyo) 23. Garba Umar (Kano) 24. Olayonu Tope (Kwara) 25. Ahmed Garba (Kano) 26. Kabiru Marafa (Sokoto) 27. Zakari Mohammed (Kwara) 28. Abubakar Amuda-Kanike (Kwara) 29. Ali Madaki (Kano) 30. Hassan Saleh (Benue) 31. Ahman Pategi (Kwara) 32. Mark Gbillah (Benue), 33. Shehu Usman (Kano)
34. Aminu Shagari (Sokoto) 35. Nuhu Danburam (Kano) 36. Atunwa Abdulrazak (Kwara) 37. Salisu Zakari (Bauchi) 38. Hassan Omale (Kogi) 39. Rufai Chanchangi (Kaduna) 40. Abdulsamad Dasuki (Sokoto) 41. Sani Zoro (Jigawa) 42. Benjamin Okolo (Kogi) 43. Funke Adedoyi (Kwara), 44. Bode Ayorinde (Ondo) 45. Bashiru Salihu (Sokoto) 46. Barry Mpigi (Rivers) 47. Nasiru Sule (Kano) 48. Segun Ogunwuyi (Oyo) 49. Lawal Rabiu (Kaduna) 50. Sani Rano (Kano) 51. Dickson Tarkighir (Benue) 52. Musa Adotsamiya (Kano) 53. Emmanuel Udende