- There will not be a high-profile defection in Bauchi state as is being speculated in some quarters
- This is according to the speaker of the state House of Assembly who denied planning to dump the ruling APC
- According to Abubakar Suleiman, the report of his exit from the party should be treated as a rumour
Abubakar Suleiman says he has no plan to abandon the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for another party as being insinuated in some quarters.
Suleiman who is the Bauchi state House of Assembly speaker made this clarification when leaders of the party paid him a visit at his home.
Pledging loyalty to the APC, Suleiman urged the leaders to ignore rumours that he was leaving the party.
Speaking on the controversy that followed the party’s campaign at the recent assembly by-election in Dass local government where he was accused of not speaking, he said there was an agreement for the majority leader of the party in the assembly to speak on behalf of APC lawmakers, The Nation reports.
“I assure you that I remain an APC member. Nobody can remove me from the party.
“Some people are saying I didn’t go to Dass for the election, but even my colleagues knew that I was ill on Friday to the level that I couldn’t attend Juma’at prayer. The majority leader and some members went there to represent us.’
“Most of these rumours are being spread by people who rely on defamation, lies and political brigandage to make money.
“Some of them couldn’t forget what transpired during our inauguration, which they see as disloyalty to the party. But APC lawmakers have forgiven each other and moved on. Why can’t they also forgive and work with us to rebuild our party? If only they care about the success of the party.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the APC winner of the bye-election in Dass constituency, Bauchi.
President Buhari reacts over massive victory of APC in by-elections, says Nigerians still trust his party
The candidate of the APC in the state, Bala Lukshi, was on Sunday, December 6, declared the winner by INEC's returning officer, Prof. Ahmed Mohammed of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU).
According to Mohammed, Lukshi polled 12,299, while his rival, Lawal Wundi of the PDP claimed 11,062 votes.
In another related report, the special adviser to Governor Mohammed on civil service and labour matters, Abdon Dalla Gin, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged vote-buying.
The anti-graft agency allegedly found the sum of N1.5 million in Dallas’ car after he cast his votes in the bye-election in Bauchi state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that following the just-concluded by-elections across Nigeria, the APC on Monday, December 7, said that its massive victory shows that Nigerians accept the ruling party and its government.
Yekini Nabena, the APC deputy national publicity secretary made the disclosure in a statement shared on the party's website.
According to Nabena, APC's electoral victories in seven of the 11 states is a strong indication of President Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity among the people in spite of the warped narrative opposition tries to sell.
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