Senators under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have accused Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, of concealing the defection letters of their Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, colleagues.
The APC Senate caucus alleged that the Senate President has deliberately refused to read out the defection letters in order to give the PDP the numerical advantage in the upper chamber, the Punch reports.
The APC caucus insisted that when Senator Saraki read out a letter from 14 APC senators announcing their defection on July 24, some PDP lawmakers also submitted their letter indicating their change of political alliance to the ruling party.
“Saraki has been proving smart by not reading letters of defections from the PDP. Until that was done, those affected have technically not defected. He is not reading the letters and it is deliberately so. As a result, in the records of the National Assembly, PDP is 57 while we are 48.
“We have met and discussed this issue. We will resolve that on the day of resumption, a point of order will be raised on the matter, that the letters must be read,” an unnamed lawmaker told the newspaper.
But another source in the Senate, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Senators Hope Uzodinma (Imo State), Fatimah Raji-Rasaki (Ekiti State) and Sonny Ogbuoji, who have recently affiliated themselves with the APC, however, remained PDP members in the upper chamber's records.
Responding, Yusuph Olaniyonu, spokesperson for the Senate President, said Saraki had no reason not to publicly announce the defection of PDP Senators.
He challenged the APC Senate caucus and the affected lawmakers to produce the acknowledgement copies of their letters.
He said, “There is no senator whose letter is still pending. It is a lie, we don’t have such letters. When did they write and send the letters? Did they show you the copies? They need to make available the acknowledgement copies.”