15 APC Senators have reportedly defected to PDP, few hours after the residences of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu were held under siege.
The APC Senators defection announcement was made by Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, during plenary on Tuesday. Among those who indicated interest to defect were Dino Melaye, Barnabas Gemade, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Lanre Tejuoso, Suleiman Hunkuyi, Abdullahi Danbaba, Mohammed Isa Haman and Nafada Usman Bayero.
We had reported earlier today, that security operatives stormed the home of Senate President Bukola Saraki, to prevent him from honoring the IGP’s invitation. According to online sources, his convoy which had taken off by 7a.m, was blocked for 30 minutes and delayed by the Police siege until 7.30am.
However when the convoy was cleared to go, some police vehicles trailed it up to the National Assembly complex. It was gathered that the police team had acted on some clues that Saraki might not meet with detectives today.
Saraki was to appear before the police today for further investigation into alleged killings in Kwara state, and the move is said to be an apparent ploy to prevent them from making it to the National Assembly today because of an alleged plan by lawmakers to decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The Senate President had on Monday described the police invitation as a mere afterthought, designed to achieve a political purpose. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President had claimed that the police decision to invite him was an alleged ploy aimed at scoring cheap political points.
“The police have obviously corrupted and politicised their investigations into the Offa robbery incident,” he said.
In a related development, officials of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday morning laid siege to the residence of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja.