Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwa are set to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) any moment from now.
Saraki will decamp to PDP with his political protege and Governor of Kwara State, Fatai Ahmed.
Members of the splinter Reformed All Progressives Congress (R_APC), Thirty Senators and Seventy House of Representatives members will also defect with the Senate President.
According to a source privy to the defection that spoke with TheCable, members of the National Assembly will decamp before they go into recess.
“The plan also is that some APC governors will not defect but will remain behind to inflict maximum damage on the party from within,” a southern governor informed TheCable on Monday.
Tambuwal is rumoured to harbour a presidential ambition while Ahmed, who is coming to the end of his second term in Kwara, is expected to run for the senate.
“Ortom, on his own part, has been guaranteed safe return to the PDP by Senator David Mark. He is considered the best bet in the circumstance as the incumbent governor, and he can leave the party to George Akume,” another inside, who attended some of the strategy sessions, told TheCable.
Senate President Bukola Saraki is also expected to return to the PDP and is reported to be nursing a presidential ambition — bolstered by the recent supreme court judgment which freed him of criminal charges over allegations of false asset declaration.
Following the series of crisis that hit the ruling party at the state congresses in June, some of the APC governors and lawmakers who lost out have been guaranteed automatic tickets by the PDP to entice them to the party.
APC currently controls 24 states while PDP has 11 and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) one.
If the three governors defect as planned, PDP will increase to 14 while APC will reduce to 21.