Political alliance in Nigeria is very fluid as there are rooms for re-alignments, regrouping and strategising.
A typical Nigerian politician can be a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the morning and before the evening of that same day declare himself/herself a new member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In this piece, Legit.ng highlights some prominent governors who defected from one political party to another in Nigeria's political history.
1. Rotimi Amaechi: Rivers state (PDP to APC)
In 2013, a former Rivers state governor who is now the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, defected to the APC. He governed the south-south state between 2007 and 2015.
2. Musa Kwankwaso: Kano state (PDP to APC)
Musa Kwankwaso defected from the PDP to the APC during his second term as the governor of Kano state.
He has also since returned to the PDP.
3. Murtala Nyako: Adamawa state (PDP to APC)
Former governor Murtala Nyako was also one of the PDP governors who dumped the party for the APC, the then opposition party, in 2013.
4. Aliyu Wamakko: Sokoto state (PDP to APC)
Aliyu Wamakko also ruled Sokoto state between 2007 and 2015 and defected alongside Amaechi from the PDP to the APC in 2013.
5. Abdulfatah Ahmed: Kwara state (PDP to APC)
Abdulfatah Ahmed who was elected in 2011 as the governor of Kwara on the platform of the PDP also defected to the APC in 2013.
In 2018, while he was still the governor of Kwara, Ahmed returned to the PDP.
6. Aminu Tambuwal: Sokoto state (APC to PDP)
Aminu Tambuwal who was elected the Speaker of the House of Representatives under the platform of PDP defected to the APC in 2014.
He subsequently won the governorship ticket of the APC and defeated the PDP candidate in the 2015 election.
In 2018, Tambuwal returned to the PDP and narrowly secured his second term bid on the platform of the party.
7. Samuel Ortom: Benue state (APC to PDP)
In 2018, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state defected from the APC to the PDP where he eventually secured his second term bid.
8. Godwin Obaseki: Edo state (APC to PDP)
Godwin Obaseki was elected as Edo governor on the platform of the APC in 2016. However, he was disqualified from getting the ticket of the party for his second term bid due to his clash with his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole.
Obaseki subsequently pitched his tent with the PDP and was re-elected for the second term in 2020.
9. David Umahi: Ebonyi state (PDP to APC)
As permutations for the 2023 presidential elections begin, Governor David Umahi, a long time PDP member, defected to the APC.
The Ebonyi state governor, while announcing his defection to the APC, claimed the PDP has not treated the southeast well.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Governor Umahi's defection to the ruling APC.
The president who commended Governor Umahi described his defection as a bold move which was mainly driven by principles.
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