- Buhari Dankwambo, brother of Gombe state governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has defected from PDP to APC
- Buhari resisted efforts and offers for keep him PDP as he joined over 2000 others who defected to APC in the northern state
- An unnamed government source said the defection was an embarrassment to a sitting governor eyeing the presidency in 2019
Efforts by Gombe state governor and presidential hopeful Ibrahim Dankwambo to keep younger brother Buhari Dankwambo in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has failed.
The Guardian reports on Sunday, September 9 that Buhari and about 2000 PDP supporters have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe.
According to the report, Buhari Dankwambo ignored efforts of his brother, the governor, and some political bigwigs to convince him to remain in the PDP.
Reports claimed that Buhari was also given juicy offers to stay on in PDP but he rejected them all.
The Guardian’s report quotes a government source as saying efforts to stop him from defecting was to avoid embarrassment since he was the blood brother of a sitting governor who is aspiring to be the president of Nigeria not because he had political relevance.
The source also accused the governor of not doing enough to keep his brother from defecting.
“Obviously something is wrong; it shows that the governor is not capable of managing situations around him,” the source said.
“We felt we could manage the situation but unfortunately it was above our ability.
“The governor takes the highest proportion of the blame in the whole act.”
On his part, Buhari Dankwambo told newsmen in a phone interview said that he decided to join APC because the PDP was not fair to him.
“Some people in the PDP have decided not to be fair to me,” he said. “Since PDP cannot accommodate me I decided to move to the APC to pursue my political ambition.”
Legit.ng had reported days ago that there were indications a massive wave of defection was about to hit the PDP in Gombe state, following the impending defection of Buhari Dankwambo, the younger brother to Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo and Auwal Akko, the presidential coordinator of Senator Ahmed Makarfi in Gombe state to the rival APC.
The duo, who enjoy massive support of the youths in their locality and around Gombe state, were said to have concluded plans to move to the APC with thousands of their supporters.
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