- Defections from APC over says Okorocha
By Chidozie Ogbonnaya
Owing to the gale of defection that hit the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, the absence of the trio of Zamfara, Yobe, Bauchi governors from a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the presidential villa on Wednesday night have left many speculating on their loyalty.
The meeting which was particularly held due to the defections of two Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed just before President Buhari’s departure to London for a medical checkup.
It will be recalled Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who is also the current Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, recently criticised federal government controlled security architecture due to the spate of killings in his state, but that cannot be said about Gov. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Bauchi and Yobe states.
However, the likes Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state and Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
Others were Gov. Jubril Bindow of Adamawa, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state. Also at the meeting were Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo,Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and Niger State Governor, Sani Bello. Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state, Gov. Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Osun Deputy Governor, Grace Laoye-Tomori were all in attendance.
After the meeting, The party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, said the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari following the recent defections.
Gov. Okorocha, who also briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said they deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.
“Two of our colleagues left our party. This is politics, it is unfortunate that they have to go.
“We have 22 states, 53 senators now. Nobody is leaving the party anymore. Those who have left, we are aware that they will leave long ago.
“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back.
“This is what’s happening,’’ he said.