PDP wins back majority in Nigeria’s House of Reps

Five members moved from the APC to PDP

Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday secured a big win over its rival in the House of Representatives, the All Progressives Congress, APC, staging a forceful reclaim of the majority the opposition party took more than a month ago.

Five APC members announced their defection to the PDP Tuesday, while only one lawmaker moved from APC to PDP, giving a fair lead to the PDP that had earlier won an edge last week.

On Tuesday, Ladan Bichi (Kano), Abdulsalam Adamu (Kano), Sani Galadinma (Zamfara), Ibrahim Gusau (Zamfara) and Umar Bature (Sokoto) said they were decamping from the APC to PDP; while Isa Ashiru, who represents Kaduna State, decamped from the PDP to APC.

The PDP now leads the House with between 178 and 179 members, while the APC drops to between 167 and 168 members. Official figures of the 360-member House are yet to be announced. Other parties with fewer members in the House include the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA; Labour Party, LP; and Accord Party.

The margin between Nigeria’s two largest parties would be the widest yet since dozens of lawmakers, moving from the PDP to APC, staged the first in a series of defections in the House last December.

The legislators cited the PDP’s intractable crises, and pushed the APC into a slim lead over the PDP, the first time an opposition party would be in majority in any of the two houses of parliament, since 1999.

Since then, the numbers have continued to shift with more members declaring for either of the two parties ahead of general elections in 2015.

But Tuesday’s defections gave the PDP a fairly firm control, amid expectations the figures could still change in favour of any of the parties as more members plan to switch sides.


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  • Bala R

    Movement of Jah people.
    Allah Ya ji kan Bob Marley.

    • GIMBA Andrew

      This is not the end of the beginning, it is the begininning of the end.Up PD nP expect more decamped from the sinking APC not aspirin,to the PDP

  • Comfortkay

    How much did they get from PDP to decamp from APC
    This is how PDP want to remain in power by all means. Other small parties like accord or Labour or APGA am very sorry for you people.

    • blogNaija

      $20 billion is a lot of cash!

      • Ide4u

        Did you forget to add $10.8B looted by Alison-Madueke and Benard Otti for GEJ?

    • Afam

      Which promise did APC made to defected governors? That EFCC will not come after them once they leave office if APC wins ASO ROCK? please remove the log from your eyes before removing the sand from someone eyes..

      • Comfortkay

        The EFCC is not effective and the ongoing trails over corruption are mere circus show so when APC comes to power there will be something better than EFCC and all this corrupt element will cough out the stolen money, just wait and see.

        • Afam

          In you day dream will APC win ASO ROCK…

        • Comfortkay

          APC must win and should win 2015 , PDP has failed Nigerian.
          The problem of Nigeria are enormous, 65 Million people without jobs and APC has a programm to fix Nigeria problems.

  • Night Crawler

    Majority in the house of reps, doesn’t mean they will win in 2015, everyone is tired of this government and people can’t wait to kick them (PDP) out in 2015

  • AT&T

    Wonders shall never end in the Nigeria’s political space. we awaits to hear APC counter moves otherwise PDP may have my vote.

  • Taster

    What a beautiful nation called naija

  • Olu


  • Lawrence Oji

    Why is the APC crying wolf when both parties are playing games with the Nigerian people.

  • Charlie

    In all the movement so far; How much did the voters get? Any politician that changes their platform should respect themselves and resign their positions to allow the voters make their choice.

  • Sirajo Wase

    Nigerian money. may ur soul rest in peace. this people from APC to PDP. money can never satisfied u. u wil die n leave us.