Mass Exodus: Defeated PDP Senators join opposition parties
...as senate spokesman dismisses plot against Mark
Francis Nelson, Abuja | African Examiner | Posted: Jan. 18, 2011
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Ahead of the April general elections, trouble is looming for the ruling Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) as some aggrieved Senators who lost their bid to
come back at the recently concluded primaries of the party have defected to
other opposition parties.
According to a Senate source, no fewer than 50 serving senators lost in the
primaries across the federation and have alleged to be plotting to sack the
leadership of the house when the House resumes sitting later this month.
Speaking on the development, Chairman Senate Committee on Information
and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, who confirmed the defection of some
senators to the opposition parties, however noted that those who lost the
elections can seek to regain the tickets to the Senate through other platforms.
He said “I'm aware that many senators have left the parties through which
they came to the sixth senate and have adopted other political platforms to
pursue their ambition to return to the Senate in April 2011”.
Adding Ayogu Eze said “It is not the duty of principal officers to fix primaries
for Senators in an era where we are talking of one man one vote. I also wish
to state that names being bandied as those that have lost at the primaries are
incorrect and unverified.
“For instance, even after I won the seat in my district by polling 1,620 votes
out of a total of 2,110 votes in my district, reports have continued to suggest
that I did not make the primaries.
“In my own case, the primaries were not conducted till January 15, 2011
because of the crisis instigated in the state chapter of our party by the
national leadership of the party.