OrderPaperToday – The crisis of defection rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the National Assembly may have taken another dimension as a power play is currently rocking the party’s caucus in the House of Representatives.
OrderPaperNG gathered reliably that there is battle of wits within the pro-Buhari camp as the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) led by Mr. Jibrin Abdulmumuni (APC, Kano) is up in arms against the caucus leadership of House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), who is also the arrowhead of the Loyalist Group.
The PSG is posturing as the arrowhead of President Muhammadu Buhari in the green chamber and is doing much to outwit the caucus leadership of Gbajabiamila whom it is accusing of gunning for Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s job.
It will be recalled that in July, Jibrin led about 100 members of the House under the PSG to a solidarity visit to the President Muhammadu Buhari, to assure him of their support.
The Kano lawmaker had tweeted: “After our meeting last week with President Muhammadu Buhari, we lead another team of 100 members of the House of Representatives penultimate Thursday on solidarity visit to Mr President under the Parliamentary Support Group.”
The House leader on Thursday led other members including the Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuff, to address a press conference where it was revealed that the House has agreed to reconvene from its current annual recess on Tuesday next week to consider the 2019 elections budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The loyalist group at the commencement of this 8th assembly struggled against the Equity group led by Yakubu Dogara for the control of the House. The irony is that, back then, Jibrin was a member of the Equity group which prevailed after the election of the Speaker.
However, in 2016 his friendship with Dogara turned sour over budget padding allegation which led to his 180 days suspension.
During the suspension, Jibrin on several occasions called Dogara a lot of unprintable names, and expressed regret for supporting him to emerge as Speaker.
It would be recalled that OrderPaperNG exclusively reported back in June, the PSG group secretly collected signatures against the leadership of the Speaker and declared unflinching loyalty to the President following the joint session of the National Assembly which produced the famous 12-point ultimatum which Jibrin later described as “PDP joint session.”
As it stands now with the APC caucus divided into three or more groups, with wave of defections still battering the party, these are indeed hard times for the ruling party.