- An end to APC’s merriment- PDP
- Their exit won’t affect us – APC govs
Following the defection of the Senate President and Kwara State Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Abdulfatah Ahmed, respectively, from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, is also expected to join the major opposition party this week.
A source close to the national leadership of the party said that Tambuwal had given them his words that he would defect from the APC “anytime from now.”
The source said, “Tambuwal will defect from the APC anytime from now. The waiting game is over. People can no longer stomach the injustice in the APC and they are ready to leave. We expect Tambuwal to join us before weekend. He is one of us. We know he’s coming. Many other governors and ministers are also coming.”
End of APC’s merriment – PDP
The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the decision of the Senate President to quit the ruling party was a sign of the speed at which the ruling party was shrinking.
The PDP chairman equally expressed delight that Ahmed also took the decision to abandon the APC and pitch his tent with the PDP.
He said, “Gradually, the reality must now dawn on the national leadership of the APC that the merriment is over. We are expanding and they are shrinking.
“We just want to commend Saraki and the governor of Kwara State for their boldness and patronage. We commend them for being able to stand for the truth.
“We just want to ask others who are ready to join hands with patriotic Nigerians to wrest this country from the jaws of wicked rulers to do so without further delay.”
Saraki, Ahmed’s exit won’t affect our fortunes – APC govs
But the governors elected under the platform of the APC have said the Senate President and the Kwara governor’s defection will not affect the party’s fortunes.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha, who spoke on behalf of the governors, said since Saraki had taken the decision to join another political party there was nothing anyone could do about it.
Reacting to the development, Okorocha said, “You are asking me how that will affect the APC; that does not in any way affect the party negatively. The issue there is that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 election. He is much stronger on the ground now than before in terms of electoral value.
“It is allowed. As they are going, many other people are coming into the party in their thousands. So, it is neither here nor there and so, we should not make a big issue out of it.
“Saraki is entitled to his political opinion and if he wants to leave, good luck and if the Governor of Kwara, my colleague, wants to leave, good luck. They are all responsible men and you cannot tie them down to one place.”
Saraki and Ahmed announced their decision to quit APC barely 24 hours after the APC National Working Committee dissolved the state party executive loyal to them.
It also came a few hours after a group of protesters stormed the party national secretariat to demand their expulsion from the APC for anti-party activities.