Eleven PDP senators in Nigeria defect to rival party

Jan 30, 2014, 6:56 AM EST
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange before ringing the closing bell on September 23, 2013 in New York City.
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At least 11 senators from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's party have quit to join the opposition, the latest in a series of defections. The senators signed a letter that cited "factionalisation" in the governing People's Democratic Party (PDP), without specifying further. The PDP still has a Senate majority but needs opposition help to pass bills.
 
Background:
Nigerian PDP senators in mass defection to APC [BBC]
Nigeria: Why 11 PDP senators defected to APC, five more may defect [AllAfrica]