Panic in PDPs like APC Woos Zamfara, Bauchi, Cross River Governors
The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party went into a panic after the All-Progressive Congress attempted to recruit Governor Zamfar Bello Matavalle, Governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed and his counterpart from Cross State. River, Governor Ben Ayade, The PUNCH reported learned.
Negotiations are led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is also chairman of the APC Interim Committee; and Governor Yahai Bello of Kogi State.
An impeccable APC source told the Sunday PUNCH that Enugu State Governor Ifeani Uguwani was also targeted by APCs, but withdrew from their actions.
“Uguwani has become a target, but he’s showing stubbornness. Our goal is to ensure the presence of at least three of the five southeastern states ahead of the 2023 elections. If we fail to get Ugwuani, we will definitely win the election for governor of Anambra at the end of the year, ”he said.
It became known that the Governor of Matavallé of Zamfara State has already been accepted by the main leaders of the All-Progressive Congress of the State of Zamfara as the former Governor of the State Senator Ahmed Yerim, who has publicly stated that Matavalle is deserting. …
The PDP leader said: “Matavalle became governor by the decision of the Supreme Court. The Zamfara state is still in the APC state, and Matavalla is considering a second term. He managed to establish good relations with President Muhammad Bukhari.
“He also had a quarrel with the leadership of the NDP. In November 2020, Matavalle lashed out at the governors of the NDP from south to south for fomenting ill will in the party.
“He said he was disappointed by the governors of the South and South for fueling the controversy over Zamfar’s gold issue, and said he was not surprised by Ebony Governor Dave Umahi’s decision to upload the PDP to APC. Therefore, he is expected to join APC soon. “
It became known that the governor of the state of Bauchi Mohammed was also soon to join the PCA and has already begun to take positions in support of the PCA on a number of issues.
“Bala Mohammed is also running for a second term. His recent statements about pastors and his refusal to blame the federal government are linked to his relationship with the president. We are making a frantic effort to keep him in the party, but it looks like he has made a decision, ”he said.
The Governor of Cross River State Ayada learned that he had a falling out with his predecessor, Senator Liiel Imoke.
It became known that Ayade has lost control of the PDP facility in the state.
The former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, is expected to leave the PDP soon along with some of the governors before the APC registration is complete.
“The recent accession campaign was supported by Governor Buni, Governor Yahaya Bello; Governor of Kebbi State Attiku Bagudu and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN). These are the people who have the power to give you what the PDP cannot give you.
“They have the president’s support to make promises and keep them. They are not like Bol Tinuba and Adams Osiomholle, who were not authorized by the president, ”said the former governor.
Meanwhile, it became known that former President Goodluck Jonathan had no intention of joining the APC as of Saturday night.
An employee of the former president said Jonathan was actually unhappy with the NDP, which announced its support for the APC candidate in the last government election in his Bayelsa state, David Lyon.
However, it became known that Jonathan considered this step too risky.
“Jonathan would join APC, but the problem is that it’s too risky. At his level, the only thing you can promise him is the presidency, and no one can promise him this place, because politics is too unpredictable. So for now, he will remain in the NDP, ”he said.
NDP national president Prince Uche Secundus said on Saturday that the SPS leadership is making false promises to some opposition party members to let them leave the ruling party.
Secundus told The PUNCH that the ruling party took many steps to win over the NDP members, stating that the APC’s goal was to capture NDP members, but later refused to grant them a significant role in the party. in future. …
Source: – Punch ng