MEMBERS of the newly launched reformed All Progressives Congress(R-APC) are said to have kick-started moves aimed at ensuring their defection to the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a matter of weeks.
Sources close to members of the APC faction in the National Assembly said development would alter the power structure in the Assembly in a matter of days.
The lawmakers are due to embark on their annual recess on July 21, just as it was confirmed that all the processes leading to the mass defection will be concluded a week before the recess.
Sources close to the party also confirmed that Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara are leading the defecting team of lawmakers which could switch the majority outlook in the two chambers.
It was gathered that the R-APC already secured the buy-in of 30 Senators and 60 Rep members.
A source declared that with the crisis that has engulfed the APC, the lawmakers would have satisfied the constitutional requirement in Section 68(1,g) which indicates that a lawmaker can only defect from his party if there is division within the party that brought him to the chamber.
It was gathered that the R-APC senators and Rep members in almost all the states, including those from Kano, Adamawa, Sokoto, OyoKwara, Kogi, Kaduna, Bauchi and Benue states, are among those leaving the party.
The defection of the lawmakers from these states would ensure that the R-APC and its ally, the PDP, are firmly in control of the situation in the National Assembly.