Ex-Deputy Senate Leader, Zwingina, others defect to APC

Nuhu Ribadu, PDP governorship candidate in Adamawa making an argument while Jonathan Zwingina, a senatorial candidate listens.

A former Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Jonathan Zwingina, a former Minister of External Affairs, Idi Hong, and two serving Senators have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Serving Senators, Bello Tukur and Ahmed Barata, as well as Sadiq Haske, a chieftain of the PDP, also decamped.

They announced their defection at a press conference in Yola on Wednesday.

Mr. Zwingina, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said they decided to pitch their tent with the APC to support the party’s governorship candidate, Bindow Jibrilla.

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“We are positive of the change going on now in the country; we believe in the candidacy of Bindow,” he said.

Messrs Zwingina and Hong lost in their bid to represent Adamawa Central and Southern district in the National Assembly elections held on March 28.

They were earlier in the day part of the group that met with the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, who was in Yola to campaign for the APC.

Zwingina and colleagues during their defection announcement on Wednesday.
Zwingina and colleagues during their defection announcement on Wednesday.


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  • Strong System

    Apc should not accept them

  • burning spear

    Why should this rubbish by a man who sneaked into becoming a citizen of Nigeria through the Cameroon mountains– attract the worries of Nigerians-? The same Fulanis who killed PDP are the ones jumping from tree to tree like baboons in search of food–what we have in Nigeria are not political parties but tribal association——–The Yorubas voted for the Fulanis—–because Tinubu is Yoruba and APC has a VP from the south-west—among the Yoruba tribe—period——-Not because they saw anything good in the man who sent their sons and daughters to jail—-for reasons best known to him——The Igbos on their part –would not want to be left out and because they voted for Jonathan–the Senate President will elude them igbos———So they must scamper out of their holes to align with the major tribes in APC–else they would not be regarded as human—by the Oba of Lagos–i LAUGH—madness upon madness————-The only solution is separation which the Yorubas and fulanis are scared of—————–for reasons best known to them,–Nigeria is not yet a Nation—- its largely a tribal society——designed purely to suit the needs of the 3 major TRIBAL SOCIETIES–because of the oil wells in the SS—–beyond the crude oils we are not interested in each others thoughts———-SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER——–what a country–what a shame–

    • Maitama Tambari

      damage spear, Fulani owns PDP. It was your people who killed PDP. We are going to repair the damage after all of you run away from it. PDP was off shoot of NPN. NPN was off shoot of NPC. Ask those political thinkers close to you. It is South South and South East that killed PDP out of share greed. Hausa Fulani is going to be the next President, God Willing and come 2019 again. Then in rotation, Yoruba will have it God Willing for another eight years.

    • Hahahahahahahah! !!!!!! Even lunatics understand the pains and frustration of a looser. Nigeria have granted this rubish of a fulani man citizenship of our beloved country and he will govern you wether you like it or not. Ask Barack Obama. Separation is the voice of an ethnic bigot and there are many developed nation in the world today that have no crude. Interested in others thoughts have thought you a lesson that leaders should be accountable to the people. Why will this same people who voted massively for Jonathan in 2011 suddenly rejected him in 2015? Anyway, you are one of the people who swear that buhari can never smell Aso rock, he is old, he has no certificate, bla, bla, bla!!! I can see how you are eating your words. Shame on you.

    • famaks

      Separation you clamour for, do you know what it entails. may be you think the igbo in North, West and south south will be accorded dual citizenship automatically, NO is the answer. There will be nothing like igbo -yoruba, hausa -igbo etc, which means total brake of ties for which i fear to say Igbo will be the looser .

      Think of trading without seaport, think of loosing a 200 million pan Nigeria market trade , think of shrinked size and international implication.

      With last election result the rest of the country might just let go Biafra, when chips are down the south south will iron out with the north and move on. GOWON .

      please for peace sake let no one misdirect igbo into another unfruitful wilderness.

      What we need is fiscal federalism not separation.

      Awo’s prophecy on realignment should make a good reading

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      “-SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER” Goodluck to you!

  • Mubarak Ahmad

    I dey laugh ooo. No be Zwingina wey say Buhari go jail them if he got elected? Zwingina even if you decamp enter Buhari’s family home in Daura he go still jail you if you are found guilty of any wrongdoings

  • Faruk Al-amin

    Apc, reject them immediately

  • Kabiru Bala Umar

    We must stop Buhari before he sends us all to jail.
    — ex-senator Zwingina.
    We are watching,seeing,listening and hearing whereas time will tell.

  • Abdul

    This is not good for APC, it is very important to weed out this VERY BAD EGGS and stop other ones from joining them, THEY ARE NO GOOD AT ALL. APC should maintain the set of team that help the win the presidency. ROAD TO APC SHOULD BE BLOCKED QUICKLY.

    • tundemash

      You can’t bar anyone from his freedom to associate. The most important thing is the war on corruption must not recognise any party membership ! So anyone who has done a crime (corruption) must be ready to do the time !

      • Joe

        Charity begins at home. Buhari should first and foremost send Tinubu to jail, followed by fashola and Amaechi. Buhari has no liver to try anybody in Nigeria. Buhari is a major beneficiary of looted funds.

        • tundemash

          yawn !
          Same propaganda that made you lose the election. Only a f00l does same thig iver and over hoping for a different outcome …. keep suffering from Tinubuphobia .

      • SAM .A

        But they can be denied membership cards , they are awaiting screening . APC has been vilified, went through a purification fire to get to this point, cannot afford to start taking political lepers into his fold
        We voted for change , not PDP decamped lepers.

    • Abdulazeez Oyibo

      Worry not, when the light shines, darkness will disappear. It is for us to know the villains,and never forget our heroes and champions who fought for a just cause and our collective good.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Zwingina doesn’t want to go to prison and is worried about stomach restructuring.

  • Rommel

    These defections is no longer news

  • Godfrey Etokebe


    • tundemash

      Cl0wn ….. u are here repeating same thing over and over again. The umbrella is leaking badly … isn’t it ?

      Anyway, the most important thing is the war on corruption must not recognise any party membership ! So anyone who has done a crime (corruption) must be ready to do the time and that includes Dumbo; any deal involving immunity from prosecuting hence the concede of defeat would not be acceptable.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        No one is going to jail. These People are not EMIGRATING to APC because of fear of going to jail. They on ONE and ONE only mission_HAJJ MONEY!!!

        • FirecloudOFGOD

          Since when has “SILAS” become a muslim name?

    • Ashibogu

      Even Satan has given indication of his intention to defect to APC! Yeye dey smell!

  • Preco01

    Zwingina, Zwingina!! one of the undertakers of June 12, deceived MKO and sold out on June 12 mandate

    • debbeljo

      He also engineered of Obasanjo’s third term agenda, along with Jerry Gana they responsible for misterious document in the CONFAC.

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Pure political Harlotry, this is.
    Recall that on Feb 24 2015, this same Zwingina “urged his party members to work hard to ensure that Mr. Buhari fails in his bid to become president.”

    Speaking in Yola, Mr. Zwingina said “we have to stop Buhari and his plan to build more prisons to jail politicians.”

    “You know Buhari, he will send us to jail for between 200 to 300 years and it is the lucky ones among us that will get 50 years. “Let me tell you, that Jonathan is 1,000 times better than Buhari and that’s why people resolved to vote for our candidate, President Jonathan,”

    I thought Jonathan is 1000 times better than Buhari? Now that Zwingina is decamping, does he think that this will help him if he has been a criminal all these years. Buhari simply leads Nigeria. It is the people’s court will decide those who have always worked against them!

  • Harry

    Repent; for the Kingdom of God is at hand. My people, it’s very clear that many will be heading to jail after May 29, for those that have ear let them hear. All those defecting to our great party APC; u are all welcome, but remember we don’t share money but we work and serve the people without fear or favor.

  • Majek tunde

    zwingina? is he not the thief who demanded 5m dollars as bribe from El Rufai prior to privatisation of NEPA during OBJ’s first term.He should no longer be relevant. Ole.

  • Omo Akin

    Where is Jerry Gana, where is Ojo Madueke? Are they waiting for May 29 hand-over date?
    For those who see APC and PDP as one, you are now seeing the difference. The APC members braved all odds and some left the comfort of the ruling party for the struggle. But the PDP has hardly lost election for the first time and they are all jumping ship. The PDP that had people like Ekueme and Audu Ogbe is not the same PDP where Fani-Kayode, Gani Adams and Kashamu are calling the shots. Conclusion: PDP and APC are not the same thing.

    • 9ja4Change

      They will be very shocked! This people no no Gen. Buhari……

  • SAM .A

    APC is vastly becoming a dumping ground, a fictional grave yard for . these corrupt baggars who may turn fight agaist corruption into Keri Keri or ere ori itage .
    APC must put an immediate STOP to this malady . It is making one nauseating and want to vomit.
    Is Jonathan Zinwinga same as Silas Zinwinga who said he will go on exile if Buhari is elected to escape 300 years in university for Criminals.


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