The Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, has countered the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso’s statement that more governors would leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking to journalists after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the state house on Tuesday, Mr. Suswam said Mr. Kwankwaso made the statement because the APC had realised that it had no capacity to face the PDP in the coming elections.
Mr. Suswam said it was unfortunate that members of the APC had shown that they had no confidence in themselves.
“So, (APC) keep speculating that PDP is going to join them. That shows clearly that APC is not a party for Nigerians to go to. If I am sure of myself, I won’t be calling for additional troops from the enemy camp to come,” Mr. Suswam said.
He reiterated that the move would not happen.
“We are going to defeat them roundly in all the elections. They are scared and so, they are trying to convince Nigerians the PDP is going to add to them. Nobody person from PDP, not even a councillor is going to join APC,” he said.
The Ondo State Governor, Segun Mimiko, who was also at the meeting, declared that, going by the signs on ground, the APC would not retain Lagos State and the other South West states it controlled after the 2015 elections.
The Governor, who only recently returned to the PDP from the Labour Party (LP), said the PDP was making in-roads into the South West. He cited Ekiti and Ondo States, which he said were now completely within the PDP fold.
“I’m thinking now that with the configuration on the ground, apart from Osun that is already won by APC, I think it will be difficult for APC to hold on to any state in the South West,” Mr. Mimiko said.