The All Progressives Congress will firmly be in control of the 8th House of Representatives as the majority party with over 214 members. There are a total of 360 seats in the second chamber of the National Assembly. Figures emerging from the outcome of the March 28 National Assembly poll, show that APC members are now 214, against the Peoples Democratic Party, which has 125 lawmakers.
The statistics gives a gap of 89 between the APC and the PDP in favour of the former.
The figures, which PUNCH obtained on yesterday [April 7], exclude the 11 federal constituency seats in Jigawa State, where election has yet to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
When elections for the 11 seats are conducted, the APC will possibly get additional seats, meaning that its numerical strength in the House may be well above 214 at inauguration on June 6.
Three other political parties, Labour Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance and Accord Party, share the balance of 10 seats, bringing the total to 360. The distribution of the figures shows that the APC has the highest membership haul from the North-West with 81 lawmakers, as against the PDP’s zero score for now.
It is followed by the South-West, where it won 47 seats compared to the PDP’s 20. In the North-Central, the party got 41 seats and left eight for the PDP. The APC’s performance in the North-East was 40 as against the seven seats won by the PDP.
The PDP’s strongest zone is the South-South, where it produced 52 members, compared to the APC’s three. The three seats came from Edo State. The current majority party won 38 seats in the South-East, leaving only three for the APC in Imo State.
A further breakdown indicates that the APC did not win any seat in Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia states. Same goes for the South-South states of Rivers, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa, where it did not produce any lawmaker.
However, the APC took all the seats in Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi in the North-West. In its second strongest zone (South-West), it got 19 seats out of 24 in Lagos; 12 in Oyo State; seven in Osun; five in Ondo and four in Ogun.