The Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) still retains the majority seats in the Senate despite the mass defection in the upper chamber on Tuesday.
Senator Lawan revealed this in a statement on Tuesday, hours after 14 APC members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly announced their defection to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Lawan said presently the APC has fifty-three senators, PDP has forty, African Democratic Congress has three, All Progressives Grand Alliance has two, and two vacant seats.
He noted that bye-elections will be held in August bye-elections to fill the vacant seats and expressed confidence that the APC will reclaim the seats, thereby increasing the majority of the APC in the house.
He, however, said the remaining lawmakers would work very hard with their party leaders to reach out to their colleagues who defected and to make them understand why the APC remains the party to work with.
Among the senators who dumped APC for PDP were Senator Dino Melaye and former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso. In his reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari wished the lawmakers well in their future endeavours.