Five PDP governors defected to the APC
The National chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu has asked his party’s governors to woo five of their colleagues who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Mu’azu made the request on Wednesday when he received 14 governors who paid him a solidarity visit in his office in Abuja.
The governors were led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio.
” I want to appeal to you all to continue to appeal to your colleagues that had decided to leave home, some of them to an unknown destination to please come back home for the doors are still wide open and our house is big enough for all of them to come in,” he said.
Mr. Mu’azu said, “in a family like ours, there is bound to be conflict but the ability to resolve it, is what will stand us out. I therefore want to appeal to you, to please speak to your colleagues to come back home”.
The chairman who was a two-term Governor of Bauchi State, advised the governors to be wary of rumour mongers. He admonished them to be patient always and exercise restraint ahead the 2015 elections.
“We want to appeal to you to particularly be patient at this moment of our history, you will see what you do not like and you will hear what you do not like and the rumour mongers around are working, but God will be God and will always guide us,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the PDP Governors, Mr. Akpabio, said the governors were at the Wadata Plaza secretariat to rejoice with Mr. Mu’azu over his appointment and to also show their solidarity and support.
“We came here to congratulate you and the NWC because we have seen so far that since you came, things have changed and you have become a very formidable change,” he said.
Mr. Akpabio said with the support of the chairman and members of his National Working Committee, NWC, those who left would come back.
“On behalf of the 18 PDP Governors, we are hoping that with your intervention and the intervention of the NWC, that number will be increased by bringing back some of our brothers who crossed over to the other side.
“Your emergence as national chairman is even welcomed by the opposition because of your track record of performance as a former governor of Bauchi state and as a major founder and stakeholder of the PDP,” he added.
Mr. Akpabio said as field commandants in their various states, the governors would give unalloyed support to the NWC and President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the PDP emerges victorious at the 2015 election.
Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara left the PDP October 2013 following intense conflict with the former chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur.