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We respect defectors’ right to political association – APC

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the defections at the National Assembly on Tuesday, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed worry but believes every Nigerian has a right to their own political affiliation.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi of the ruling party.

He urged every party fauthful to remain calm, as the ruling party would continue to work hard towards being a formidable force ahead of 2019 general elections.

The statement reads; “The APC notes the development in the National Assembly with the defection of some of our members from the party.”

“In the last couple of weeks, our party leaders have worked to stave off this situation as responsible party leaders would do.

“It would appear however that the individuals involved have different considerations beyond the grievances that they were willing to discuss and which our leaders were willing to address.

“As a truly democratic party, we respect the right of every citizen to political association. Therefore, we urge our members to remain calm as we continue to work hard to position our party strongly for the next general elections.

“APC remains in firm control of 25 states of the 36 states of the federation and maintains a clear majority in the federal House of Representatives and state assemblies.

“We assure members and supporters that our great Party will continue to consolidate on our majority status in the lead-up to the 2019 General Elections, even as our government continue to work hard to deliver on our promises to Nigerians,” the statement read.