The threat of defection by aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators to the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not affect the activities of the Senate when it resumes next week, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang, has said.
His comment comes on the backdrop of recent disclosure by Senator Bukola Saraki and others that they will individually announce their defection on the floor of the senate at resumption of plenary.
Enang (PDP, Akwa Ibom North), however, told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the planned defection would not be of significant impact in the upper legislative chambers because the lawmakers are “responsible senator who are always interested in the unity and progress of the country”.
He said the senators always considered the interest of the country first before thinking of their political affiliations.
Enang added: “The senators see themselves as one. What is paramount in their minds is how to develop the nation. We will all work together as a single body to address issues dispassionately”.
He refused to comment on allegations that PDP lawmakers were demanding automatic tickets for 2015 to remain loyal to the party.
“The issue of defection is a matter being anticipated and I would not want to make comments on such issues”, Enang said.
He stressed that the senators, on resumption next week, would start deliberations on the 2014 budget.
The senator said since last year’s appropriation life span terminated on December 31, the National Assembly has the responsibility to ensure that the 2014 Appropriation Bill is considered and approved early to enable the executive begin its implementation.