Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday, August 4th described the recent defection of some governors and lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as nothing but a storm in a teacup.
Mr Mohammed, however, told journalists in Lagos that those who left the ruling party did so for personal interests. He said:
“I welcome it (defection of Mr Akpabio) because all politics is local. All those who have left us did that for purely personal reasons.
“Since they say politics is a game of number, of course we welcome gladly the defection of the minority leader. Like they say, it is one-one goalless draw.”
On whether Mr Akpabio was being positioned for the position of the Senate President, Mr Mohammed said “that I don’t know”.
Mr Mohammed said the recent defection of some governors, state and federal lawmakers to the main opposition party, PDP, was nothing to worry about.
“There have been so much hype about this defection, and to me it’s nothing but a storm in a teacup. We must appreciate the fact that at the end of the day, all politics is local.
“One should ask, what is the electoral value of these decampees? In other words, today in Sokoto State, what’s the electoral value of those who have decamped,” he asked?
According to him, the foundation for the defection has been laid the moment Bukola Saraki emerged Senate President against the wish of the party which affected the relationship between the executive and legislative arms.
The minister said that since the day Mr Saraki lobbied the opposition party to become the senate president, the relationship between the executive and legislature had been turbulent.
“In fact, we could not have suffered more as an executive in the hands of the legislature if a PDP person had been the senate president,” he said.