Three Senators of the All Progressives Congress have resigned their membership of the ruling party.
The Senators are: Ahmad Babba Kaita (Katsina North), Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi South), and Francis Alimikhena (Edo North).
Babba Kaita and Alimikhena defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, while Gumau, crossed to the New Nigeria Peoples Party.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary, on Tuesday, read the notice of their resignation and defection, which was contained in three separate letters.
Babba Kaita said in his letter, “As Senator representing Katsina North Senatorial District, I write to formally notify you of my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC), and registration declaration for the Peoples Democratic Party.
“My resignation from the APC was borne out of the marginalisation of critical stakeholders by the State Government and Leadership of the Party in Katsina State, where small people like me do not have a chance.
“I have since been joyful and graciously accepted into the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party in Katsina State.”
Senator Alimikhena, on his part, said his decision to resign from the APC was due to “continuing and multifaceted crisis that has bedeviled the APC”, especially in his Senatorial District, and which has “created parallel executives that has undermined internal discipline, cohesion and focus.”
Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, Dr. Ezrel Tabiowo, said in a statement that three lawmakers’ defection reduced the total number of APC Senators from 70 to 67.