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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday afternoon disclosed that final conclusion is underway for the mass defection of no less than six governors and 27 federal lawmakers from ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the PDP.
In a statement, PDP claimed that the governors whose names are with held had also drawn their consultations and secured the mandates of their constituents to move to the PDP ahead of the 2019 general election.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who signed that statement, noted that PDP had verified that discussions on control of party structures in the affected states and senatorial zones had also reached advanced stage and would be completed in a couple of weeks after which the governors and lawmakers will announce their defection to the PDP.
According to him, the affected lawmakers have promised to defect from the ruling party to the PDP as soon as the two chambers of the National Assembly resume sitting on Tuesday, September 25th.
The statement said in parts: “However, in line with decisions reached at the discussions, the members of the National Assembly decamping (sic) to the PDP will cross-carpet at the reconvening of session in the two chambers, which will increase the PDP majority in both chambers.
“The party wishes to assure its members that all grey areas of the agreement, including issues of waivers and accommodation for participation in primaries, are being smoothened out by the former Governor Liyel Imoke-led PDP Contact and Integration Committee, which has been galvanizing our alliances among stakeholders across other parties, including those from the APC.
“The PDP also commends the spirit of tolerance, dialogue, accommodation and oneness of purpose that pervade the alliance among members,” Ologbondiyan averred.