At least 15 Senators from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) have defected to the opposition and former ruling Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), local news reports confirmed Tuesday.
According to Nigeria’s Vanguard online, those who have defected include Senators Dino Melaye; Tejuoso; Shaaba; Gemade; Shittu; Rafiu; Shitu Ubali; Isa Misau; Hunkuyi; Monsurat; Danbaba; Nafada; Nazif; Kwankwaso and Azeez Murtala Nyako. The paper also reports that The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki “has equally hinted he may join the defectors.” The Senate President is the country’s third highest office. The news of the defections also come amid reports that the former ruling PDP is the process of rebranding which will include adopting a new party name. Political tensions in Africa’s most populous country rising in the lead up to general elections slated for February 2019.