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Three Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have resigned from the ruling party.

Senators Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena are among them (Edo North).

While Babba Kaita and Alimikhena joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Gumau joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read three different letters containing their resignation and defection during plenary on Tuesday.

“As Senator representing Katsina North Senatorial District, I write to formally tell you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and registration declaration for the Peoples Democratic Party,” Babba Kaita writes in his letter.

“My withdrawal from the APC was motivated by the State Government’s and Party Leadership’s marginalization of vital stakeholders in Katsina State, where tiny people like me have no opportunity.”

“I have subsequently been joyfully and generously embraced into the fold of Katsina State’s Peoples Democratic Party.”

Senator Alimikhena, for his part, explained that his decision to resign from the APC was motivated by a “continuing and multifaceted crisis that has bedeviled the APC,” particularly in his Senatorial District, “that has created parallel executives that have undermined internal discipline, cohesion, and focus.”

The three members’ departure reduces the overall number of APC Senators in the upper chamber from 70 to 67.

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