Breaking: Nigerian Senate President and governor of Kwara state dump President Buhari’s ruling APC Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 4, 2021


The crisis rocking Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) compounded on Tuesday with the defection to the opposition party of the Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki.

The Kwara governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, also defected to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Saraki announced his exit from the party via his official social media pages on Tuesday, July 31.

“I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.

Meanwhile the Deputy Senate President was in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A commission’s staff told journalists on Tuesday that Mr. Ike Ikweremadu was being detained in connection with corruption related investigations.

Last week, the governor of Benue State decamped to the opposition party, and a sea of policemen and only one third of lawmakers loyal to President Buhari served him with an impeachment notice.

Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls early next year and opposition seems to be rising against Mr. Buhari, a retired Major General who promised so much but achieved little.

Mr. Buhari is accused of using security agencies to crush the opposition and perceived enemies.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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