2023: Governor Matawalle's Planned Defection Tears APC Apart in Zamfara
- Crisis is brewing in Zamfara APC over the rumoured defection plan of Governor Matawalle to the ruling party
- Matawalle was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019
- The state chapter of the APC, however, said they were not aware of Matawalle's plan to dump his party
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A report by PM News indicates that Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state may dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) any moment soon.
Legit.ng gathered that top-placed sources in the ruling party said the quest to get a second term in office in 2023 is the major reason behind the governor’s move to the APC.
According to the report, the source said the governor has been told that there’s no guarantee of a second term if he remains in the PDP.
The Sun also reports that Matawalle's race to secure the governorship ticket of the APC is already causing ripples in the Zamfara state chapter of the party.
A source reportedly said Zamfara has always aligned politically with the party at the centre, adding that Matawalle was told in clear terms that for him to run and get a second term, he has to defect to the APC.
The state executive, however, insisted that they are in the dark about the planned defection of Governor Matawalle from the PDP.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Matawalle on Thursday, April 8, described the protests against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, as an attack on northern Nigeria.
It was reported that some Nigerians led by a former presidential aide, Pastor Reno Omokri, have been protesting in London against the president’s trip.
The governor asked northern leaders to speak out against the protests, adding that they should not be ashamed of defending their people and protecting their interests.
In another report, prominent members of the PDP including governors and senators visited Governor Matawalle in a bid to stop his reported moves to return to the ruling APC.
Six PDP governors and other chieftains of the party met with the governor in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, April 7.
He asked northern leaders to speak out against the protests, adding that they should not be ashamed of defending their people and protecting their interests.