- Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state finally dumped the PDP for the APC on Tuesday, June 29 amid grand reception by the party's leaders
- Before his eventual defection, the elected officers in the state including members of the National Assembly had joined the APC
- Matawalle's deputy, Muhammad Gusau, however, did not join the bandwagon, rather he said he would remain in the PDP
Gusau, Zamfara - Despite the mass defection that hit the Zamfara state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the state deputy governor, Muhammad Gusau, has expressed his resolve to remain in the party.
“I will continue to stand by our party and the people who stood by us in our time of need. I accept the consequences of my decision in good faith.”
TVC News also reports that he said he took the decision to stick with the PDP after “deep” consultation with his friends, family and the party.
Gusau's decision to remain puts him at the helms of the biggest opposition party in Zamfara.
I heard rumours of the defection
He said he was never consulted by Matawalle or any representative in the runup to the governor’s defection—and that he was not aware of any “planned defection.”
The deputy governor admitted hearing rumours of the defection but only confirmed it when the defection materialised on Tuesday, June 29.
He noted the decision to leave him out was “deliberate and another ploy to sow discontent” in his relationship with the governor.
According to him, Matawalle’s defection was a “bold move” that gives him the opportunity to apportion more energy in addressing the myriad challenges faced by the people.
“A lot can be achieved with this renewed vigour and focus."
APC opens talks with three governors after Matawalle's defection
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the APC allegedly commenced negotiating with three opposition PDP governors with a view to winning them over to the ruling party.
It was reported that Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee has begun talks with three PDP governors namely Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu state and Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state.
According to the report, Governor Ikpeazu of Abia state would be the next to join the ruling party, as the source said the talks have allegedly reached an advanced stage.