- A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gbenga Daniel, is no longer a member of the opposition party
- Daniel, who was a former governor of Ogun state, is an ally of vice president Atiku Abubakar
- The chairman of the national caretaker of APC, Mai Buni, is expected to meet Daniel over the defection
Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun state, has defected from his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Guardian reports that Daniel was the campaign manager for the former vice president and PDP’s presidential candidate in the last general election, Atiku Abubakar.
Legit.ng gathered that the former governor is expected to pick up the membership card of APC before the registration of new members closes on Tuesday, February 16.
The newspaper reported that a source close to Daniel said he would meet with the chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC and governor of Yobe state Mai Mala Buni on Wednesday, February 17.
According to the report, some governors who are expected to be part of the meeting included governors Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former deputy governor of Osun state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, finally defected to the ruling APC.
It was reported that Omisore on Monday, February 15, visited his polling unit in Ward 6, Moore, Ile-Ife, in a convoy of Osun state deputy governor, Benedict Alabi, to pick the APC membership card.
Omisore contested the 2018 governorship poll on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
He, however, subsequently aligned with the APC before the September 28 rerun after snubbing the PDP. The election was eventually won by the APC, a development that reignited Omisore's political influence in the southwest state.
In another report, amid the growing speculations surrounding his alleged planned defection to the APC, ex-minister Femi Fani-Kayode, on Saturday, February 13, met his old friend, Femi Adesina.
The PDP chieftain, in a tweet, said he met the media and publicity adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja airport.
The meeting, according to FFK, was accidental, with the former aviation minister jokingly saying he was "really in trouble," referring to conversation drawn to him recently.
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