Updated: February 24, 2021
Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is in crisis, after 38 members of the House of Representatives and 15 Senators defected to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.
The Nigerian senate has 109 senators, and with the latest wave of defections, the opposition PDP now has a majority with 58 senators, while President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC has only 48 senators, and representatives from three other parties hold the remaining seats.
Why it matters: Nigerians go to the polls early next year, and anger has been rising against President Buhari, a retired major general who made many promises but delivered little.
Several former presidents and an ex vice president have asked Mr. Buhari not to run next year. But the Katsina-born politician in a statement to Today News Africa on Tuesday wished those who decided to go well.
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