- Babayo Gamawa, a former national deputy chairman of the PDP, accuses the opposition party of suspending him based on a mere allegations without giving him a fair hearing
- Gamawa announces his defection to the APC shortly after a meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa
- The former PDP chieftain says he has no regrets defecting from the PDP to the APC
The ex-national deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Babayo Gamawa, has said his former party will regret suspending him from office over alleged anti-party activities.
The ex-PDP chieftain on Tuesday night, January 8, accused the opposition party of suspending based on a mere allegation without giving him a fair hearing, Vanguard reports.
Gamawa made the statement at the presidential villa where he formally announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The former PDP chieftain said he had no regrets defecting from the PDP to the APC.
“And I have been saying it, as a politician, I play my politics not blindly. Whenever thing goes right or wrong I will say it the way it is. As journalists, you are aware of what PDP did today – just because of an allegation they said they have suspended me, he said.
“I want to call on them to check their secretariat. If they are in politics, they should know what is happening on daily basis at the secretariat – what comes in and what goes out.
"They should check their mails and they will know the position of Sen. Babayo Gamawa before their action of today. “I have no regret for defecting from the PDP and they (PDP) would regret their action, by God grace.”
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have rejected Eurasia Group's prediction on the 2019 presidential election.
The New York-based organisation had predicted that the election between President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of PDP would be inconclusive.
The global advisory firm, had also named Nigeria's forthcoming general elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019.”
Interestingly, both APC and PDP dismissed the report as a hatchet job with their spokesmen accusing each other as its sponsor.
The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, said in as much as the report hinged its conclusion on perceived ill-health of Buhari; it would lack merit if it failed to attach a report of the president’s state of health duly authenticated by an appropriate medical board.
In his response, the director of media and publicity of the PDP presidential campaign council, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the report as antics of the APC to discredit Atiku.
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