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7 PDP Governors Defect To Opposition APC

7 PDP Governors Defect To Opposition APC

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The leader of the breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, has announced the decision of the aggrieved seven governors of the PDP to merge with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said this after a meeting with the APC leadership, which was held at Kano Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The governors, which include: Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State, Murtala Nyako) of Adamawa State,  Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Babangida Aliyu Of Niger State, hinged their decision to join APC on their bid to rescue the country.

However, Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and  Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, were absent at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, has said that he remains a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Aliyu stated this hours after the APC announced a merger with the Abubakar Baraje- faction of the PDP called “New PDP.”

Aliyu and six other PDP governors are members of the “New PDP.”

Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, in a statement said his principal was shocked “at the announcement of the merger of New PDP and APC, even before a final decision was taken on the matter.”

Ndayebo said Aliyu was not present at the meeting where the merger deal was sealed between the New PDP and APC leaders as widely reported by the media.

The spokesperson said the Niger governor “insisted that talks were still ongoing with the president and would await the outcome of the negotiation before taking a final decision.”

Baraje had, at a media briefing announcing the merger in Abuja, told journalists that Aliyu left the merger meeting early but agreed with the decision.

With Aliyu’s announcement, the merger has 17 governors (11 APC and 6 New PDP).
Also, Jigawa State governor and member of the G7 political group, Alhaji Sule Lamido has denied his defection in to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He said he remains in the People Democratic Party (PDP).

This was contained in a press statement issued, signed and made available to Nigerian Tribune in Dutse by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Malam Umar Kyari.

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According to the statement “while my party (PDP) is currently embroiled in a serious crises especially by the Bamanga Tukur style of leadership with impunity, that does not necessitate renouncing of my historical authority to anybody.”

The statement stated further that “it is true my self and my family are currently under political heat wave and campaign of miss information and smear to the effect that my family and I are adjudged guilty in the public court by the gullible and ill-informed.”

The G7 former member maintained that “this will not intimidate nor harass me out of the party.”
He added that “I will not give anybody the pleasure of engaging me by his term.”

He noted that “for now I wish to state that I remain the living farther of the People Democratic Party, aluta continue.”

Governor Sule Lamido emphases that as for his political persecutor he will engage them by his term at the appropriate time and no body speaks for him but him self.

Culled from Tribune

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