We’ve 22 states, 53 senators, no more defection from APC — Okorocha

 
Fri Aug 3rd, 2018 - Abuja (FCT)
 

Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has said no governor will defect from the party again.

This came as former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, said in a few days, it would be clear who was in control of the state, in apparent response to the defection of his successor, Aminu Tambuwal, to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday.

President Buhari receives in audience Governor Rochas Okorochas of Imo State

Okorocha, who gave the assurance at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday night, told State House correspondents that the meeting deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.

“Two of our colleagues left our party, this is politics. It is unfortunate that they have to go. We have 22 states, 53 senators now. Nobody is leaving the party anymore. Those who have left, we were aware that they will leave long ago.

“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back. This is what’s happening,’’ the governor said.

National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari.

The governors who attended the meeting included Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; Jubril Bindow of Adamawa, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo.

Also at the meeting were Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Sani Bello of Niger.

Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Osun deputy governor, Grace Laoye-Tomori, were also in attendance.

Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who is the current chairman of the Governors’ Forum, as well as governors of Bauchi and Yobe states were absent at the meeting.

It’ll soon be clear who is in control of Sokoto—Wamakko

Meanwhile, former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, has said in a few days, it would be clear who was in control of the state.

Wamakko, who now represents Sokoto North senatorial district, said in a few days time, it will be clear which party was really in control of the state.

Wamakko said this in reaction to the defection of Aminu Tambuwal, the state governor, from APC to PDP.

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source: Vanguard