Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Solomon Ita Enang, has stated that the 14 senators and 32 House of Representatives members that defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Enang, who addressed newsmen on Thursday on the latest developments in the National Assembly, said the defected legislators had assured him of their readiness to campaign for the re-election of President Buhari in 2019.
According to him, the affected lawmakers though now members of another political party, had expressed support for President Buhari, saying they had no political scores to settle with him.
“The affected lawmakers have expressed solidarity with President Buhari and stated emphatically that they are not against President Buhari or his re-election in 2019.
“In fact, in my interaction pre and post expression of intent to defect, all the dramatis personae — the senators and House of Representatives members — a great number of them have indicated that even if they pursue their bid on a different political platform they’ll still campaign for President Buhari for 2019 on the APC platform,” he further said.
Enang emphasised that the defection was as a result of a clash of interest between the legislators and their state governors over the 2019 general election.
He said: “The contentious issue in some states like Kaduna, Oyo, Kano, Benue and Kogi is the control of the party machinery which informed why some senators in these states defected to another party because the affected lawmakers believe the state governors are not likely to support their political ambition in 2019