A former Senate Majority Leader, Jonathan Zwingina, a former Minister of External Affairs, Idi Hong, and two serving Senators have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Serving Senators, Bello Tukur and Ahmed Barata, as well as Sadiq Haske, a chieftain of the PDP, also decamped.
They announced their defection at a press conference in Yola on Wednesday.
Mr. Zwingina, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said they decided to pitch their tent with the APC to support the party’s governorship candidate, Bindow Jibrilla.
“We are positive of the change going on now in the country; we believe in the candidacy of Bindow,” he said.
Messrs Zwingina and Hong lost in their bid to represent Adamawa Central and Southern district in the National Assembly elections held on March 28.
They were earlier in the day part of the group that met with the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, who was in Yola to campaign for the APC.