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NASS: Lawmakers in massive defections, despite appeal to the contrary

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…As Senate adjourns plenary till September***

Senate President Bukola Saraki has arrived the Senate Chamber after a fresh invitation from Nigeria Police Force.

Unfolding development in the Nigerian political fields is to the effect that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki managed to enter the National Assembly, despite alleged security operatives earlier efforts to prevent this.

The Senate President entered the chamber by 10:40 am and immediately  flagged off presiding over  the plenary, which which it was also indicated that not fewer than 15 APC Senators actually ‘revamped’ to the PDP.

A source said Saraki did not enter his official convoy, but merely allowed the convoy roar gleefully unto the road, after which he boarded another car and made for the National Assembly.  This could not be confirmed.

The only thing that was ascertained was the heavy security operatives presence which  were seen at his residence and the residence of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweremadu on Tuesday morning.

His convoy was reportedly blocked by security operatives hindering him from leaving his residence.

In the meantime, Senator Dino Melaye, former Governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso and 13 other Senators from the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Other Senators include Barnabas Gemade (Benue), Shaaba Lafiaji (Kwara), Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara), Abdulazeez Nyako (Adamawa), Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo) and Usman Nafada (Gombe).

Also defected are; Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, Ibrahim Danbaba, Ubale Shittu, Isah Misau, Suleiman Nazif, Soji Akanbi.

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, however, appealed to the defecting Senators not to defect, stressing that there was no internal wrangling within the ruling party APC, that could not be resolved.

In a related development, it was learnt that a similar ‘defection’ exercise equally took place at the Lower Chamber, resulting in the PDP taking the edge now.

Subsequeny the PDP now has 63,  APGA 1 APC 44.

“Power has changed hands.here”, a National Assembly staff informed our correspondent.

In the meantime, the Senate has adjourned it’s plenary for two months.

The adjournment follows recent attacks on the leadership of the Senate.

Senate President Bukola Saraki made the announcement on Tuesday.

The adjournment is part of the prayers of a motion on the siege on Mr Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The lawmakers are to reconvene on September 25.

First, the senators are to go on a 30 minutes break to enable them adopt the votes and proceedings if the day.

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