The defection of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is threatening the balance of power within the National Assembly as sources confirmed that a tsunami is expected in the chambers in the weeks to come. Members who are knowledgeable about the developments confirmed that the Atiku factor had loomed large within the two chambers of the National Assembly since the inception of the 8th Assembly in June 2015.
Incidentally, the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives are said to be remotely linked to the Atiku factor, with sources declaring that Atiku’s defection will certainly weigh in on the balance of power in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The core APC loyalists opposed the emergence of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara in 2015 as they were regarded as loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which Atiku also belonged.
The executive under President Muhammadu Buhari and the legislature have been operating more of a cat and mouse relationship ever since the inception of the Assembly.
In fact, Senate President Bukola Saraki had to fight the battle of his life to retain his seat, having been dragged to the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false asset declaration.
Sources in the polity told Sunday Tribune that with Atiku’s exit from the APC, a number of lawmakers are already reviewing their status in the party.
The expected gale of defections could tilt the leadership of both chambers in favour of the PDP, a source said.