3 Northern Governors, 30 Senators, 70 Reps’ Members On The Verge To Dump APC For PDP
There are strong indications that about three governors in Northern Nigeria elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are heading to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) any moment from now.
TheCable reports that apart from the governors, close to 30 senators and 70 members of the House Of Representatives are expected to follow suit before the national assembly goes on recess in the next two weeks.
It is understood that those who will be dumping the ruling party are members of the “reformed” faction of APC that recently emerged.
While most of them were in the PDP before defecting to APC under the aegis of “new PDP” in 2013, the news outlet also claims that Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State are in the “first batch” of big guns expected to defect.
It quoted an insider as saying this on Monday.
“The plan also is that some APC governors will not defect but will remain behind to inflict maximum damage on the party from within,” a southern governor informed the online newspaper yesterday.
“Tambuwal is alleged to harbour a presidential ambition while Ahmed, who is coming to the end of his second term in Kwara, is expected to run for the senate.”
“Ortom, on his own part, has been guaranteed safe return to the PDP by Senator David Mark. He is considered the best bet in the circumstance as the incumbent governor, and he can leave the party to George Akume,” another insider, who attended some of the strategy sessions, said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki is also expected to return to the PDP and is reported to be nursing a presidential ambition — bolstered by the recent Supreme Court judgment which freed him of criminal charges over allegations of false asset declaration.