Not PDP Again!  31 Reps Set To Defect To APC In January

Not PDP Again! 31 Reps Set To Defect To APC In January

The Senate Minority Leader , Senator George Akume has declared that 31 more House of Representatives members will join the All Progressives Party (APC) in January .

Akume made the declaration at his Judges Quarters residence in Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday, shortly after a mass to mark his 60th birthday anniversary.

He, however, gave no further details. 37 Reps had earlier defected to APC, giving the party a clear majority in the House.

He also spoke on the threat by the PDP to strip the PDP senators who defected to the APC of their positions, saying there was no force on earth that could declare the seat of any lawmaker vacant for dumping the PDP because the constitution is very clear on the issue.

Responding to a request by the officiating priest over the Tiv-Fulani crisis which has rendered many farmers in the state homeless, Akume, who is the immediate past governor of Benue State, said the crisis should be blamed on the Benue State Government.

The Minority Leader of the Senate said he had made efforts to intervene in the lingering crisis but the matter was politicised.

The former governor said he had also suggested to the former military governor of the state to advise Governor Suswam to convene a meeting of Tiv sons to tackle the Tiv -Fulani crisis, but he said he was yet to get any response.

He said he was ready to pay for the cows of Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed by Tiv people to bring about peace in Tiv land, like he had done before.

Shortly after the mass, Akume visited the General Hospital in North Bank and offset the medical bills of all the patients on admission.

He also donated undisclosed amounts to the patients and nurses on duty.

Addressing the nurses, Akume appealed to them to be patient with their patients as sickness can make one to become frustrated.

A birthday lecture was schedule to hold later in the day.

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