2019 polls: APC to receive Adamu Mu’azu as Buhari holds rally in Bauchi

2019 polls: APC to receive Adamu Mu’azu as Buhari holds rally in Bauchi

- The APC is set to receive a former PDP national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, into its fold

- Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi state had been out of Nigeria for over three years until December 2018 when he returned

- Mu’azu is likely to be received during APC northeast zonal rally scheduled to hold in Bauchi at the weekend

A report by Daily Trust indicates that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to receive a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu into its fold.

According to the report, Mu’azu is likely to be received during APC northeast zonal rally scheduled to hold in Bauchi at the weekend, where President Muhammadu Buhari will be present.

Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi state had been out of Nigeria for over three years until December 2018, when he returned and gave out his daughter in marriage.

The wedding ceremony was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other top APC leaders including Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

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Thereafter, Mu’azu visited Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, December 19, but declined to speak with State House correspondents after the over two hour meeting.

The meeting held amid speculations that the former PDP national chairman was on his way to joining forces with APC, following reports that he was being wooed by the party ahead of the general elections.

When contacted, the Bauchi state APC organising secretary, Lawan Gyan-Gyan, said they had “routed” the opposition party in the state.

Speaking on Mu’azu, Gyan-Gyan said the APC was aware of what was going on and will not disclose or pre-empt the former governor’s move.

“We are in touch with not only Mu’azu’s people but other people with links to the PDP so that we can easily win the election.

“Mu’azu is a big fish and he is already in our net, God willing. We have very high expectations ‎that he will soon be with us. We cannot categorically disclose that he has joined the party since he has not been seen with the president making the 4+4 sign. But we are confident that he is in our net,” he said.

Speaking on the development, the Bauchi state PDP publicity secretary, Yayanuwa Zainabari, said the actions of the former governor since his arrival in the country were sinister but declined to say whether Mu’azu had dumped them or not.

“He has not participated in any PDP activity since he came back. And after his daughter’s wedding, we know that he had a closed door meeting with the vice president.

“Our belief was that even his coming back from the country was because he was given clearance by the presidency to come back after the long absence. We are not surprised by the actions of Mu’azu, Gamawa, Kaulaha and others because of the threat of prosecution they are facing from the APC government,” he said.

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Meanwhile, hours after he was suspended by the PDP, the deputy national chairman (north) of the APC and Bauchi indigene, Babayo Gamawa, defected to the ruling party and visited President Buhari.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP, on Monday, January 7, announced the immediate suspension of Babayo.

Babayo was suspended over alleged involvement in anti-party activities, according to the PDP's spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan.

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