PDP Takes Crucial Step as Another Northern Governor Reportedly Moves to Defect to APC
- The PDP has made a key step to ensure that Governor Matawalle of Zamfara state remains in the party
- Speculations that the Zamfara state governor was plotting to join APC gained momentum after some APC governors visited him
- However, six PDP governors and other chieftains have also paid a visit to Matawalle to prevail on him not to leave the party
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Prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including governors and senators, have visited Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state in a bid to stop his reported moves to return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that six PDP governors and other chieftains of the party met with Governor Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, April 7.
The governors in attendance were: Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), and Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa).
They were all led to the northern state by the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
Governor Tambuwal announced the donation of N100 million from the PDP Governors Forum to the victims of Gusau market fire, Daily Nigerian also reported.
He alleged that the recent visit to Zamfara by some governors on the platform of the APC was political.
Tambuwal took a swipe at the party and its governors for allegedly taking advantage of people’s misfortunes in the state to play politics.
The Sokoto governor asked the APC-led government to concentrate its energy on ending insecurity and poverty in the country.
Three APC governors had visited Matawalle on Monday, April 5, for the commissioning of some buildings.
The governors also donated N50 million to victims of Gusau market fire after holding talks with Matawalle.
However, Governor Tambuwal said the PDP cannot be intimidated by the APC's federal might, saying Zamfara remains a PDP state.
In his response, Governor Matawalle said since the PDP was in the state to tender their apology, the apology is accepted.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Sanusi Maradun, a former commissioner for social welfare in Zamfara state, dumped the PDP for the APC.
Maradun announced his defection in Gusau, the state capital, on Saturday, April 3.
The former commissioner said he decided to join the APC because of its efforts towards developing the state.
In other news, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), has declared that the north would not vote along ethnicity and faith lines in choosing leaders in 2023.
He said the northerners had learnt their lesson at a great cost.
Abdullahi stated no northerner should assume he is guaranteed the support and votes of northerners simply because he is one of them.