House of Representatives

Aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives members who lost in the party primary election are to decide on their next move after the outcome of the appeal they entered before the party’s appeal panel.

The Punch findings showed that some of the aggrieved lawmakers felt they were “deliberately edged out” of the primaries to pave the way for the favored candidates of godfathers or other interests.

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A member, who spoke for a group of over 70 lawmakers, largely from the North, Hon. Musa Soba, said they had entered an appeal and were waiting for the outcome.

Soba, who is from Kaduna State, said immediately the matter was dispensed with by the appeal panel, the members would take a decision.

The lawmaker was one of the aggrieved members, who met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Saturday in Abuja over the outcome of the primaries.

Investigations indicated that a number of the members had considered several options since the primaries ended, including defection to other political parties and working against the APC during the February 2019 general elections.

There were also members promised automatic tickets by the APC only for the latter to fail to fulfill its own part of the bargain.

Up to 70 percent of serving lawmakers or 252 out of 360 across political parties are not likely to return in 2019 as a result of losing the primaries, voluntary withdrawal and contesting other offices.