The Minority Chief Whip of the Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Shuiabu Liman Iya, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Iya, who represents Suleja Constituency, announced his defection during the Plenary.
Speaking to reporters after the Plenary, the Minority Whip explained that he and his constituency cannot continue to remain in the minority, thereby failing to attract dividends of democracy to their area.
He stated.his defection was in the interest of his constituency, adding that due consultation was carried out before he finally defected.
Giving an insight into what the opposition face in the Assembly, Iya explained that a lot of things would have come his way and by extension to his people, but because he is in the minority, he missed out of all of these goodies.
He stressed: “The defection is in the interest of my followers from my constituency. Looking at the trends of events, we cannot at this material time continue to be in the minority as far as representation in the state Assembly is concerned.
“In as much as I would like to attract a lot of development to my constituency, I cannot find it so easy without being in the mainstream of the ruling party and this is what informed my decision after due consultation with my constituents.
“”So many things would have been coming my way and my people but because I am in the minority, definitely, I cannot get it the way I want. “
The Assembly Spokesman stated.he is ready for any repercussions that may come along after his defection stating that politics is all about taking risks.
“I will be satisfied if I am able to attract some developments in my constituency to get what I attract for my people even if it is just 2018 alone. It is only God that can determine my future. If God says I am destined that this is the process and channel through which I will be in this capacity, no one can change it.”
– The Nation