Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say its former members who dumped the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were afraid of being prosecuted for corrupt allegations leveled against them.
It said those who defected did so to avoid being prosecuted for their corrupt deeds by the APC-led government.
Recall that some governors and members of the National Assembly including Governors Bello Matawalle of Zamfara and Ben Ayade of Cross River State had recently dumped the PDP for the APC.
Also defected are serving members of the National Assembly including the member representing Delta North Senatorial District at the Senate, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
Chairman of the PDP Governors’ forum, Waziri Tambuwal, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, stated that the remaining PDP Governors will not be intimidated.
Tambuwal, who was represented by Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku, spoke at the gala night on Sunday at the Bauchi Government House banquet hall to welcome the PDP Governors in the State.
The Governors, who are in the State to hold meetings and deepen strategy ahead of 2023, were hosted by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Those present were: Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Udom Emmanuel, (Akwa Ibom); Duoye Diri (Bayelsa); Samuel Ortom (Benue).
Others were: Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Nyesom Wike( Rivers) and Zamfara Deputy Governor Mahdi Aliyu.
Tambuwal boasted the only hope Nigerians have left is in the PDP, saying the party will regain power in 2023 and improve the living standards of Nigerians.
He said: “As your Governor earlier mentioned, we have no hope except in PDP, we will live in the PDP, we will savage whatever the country is left of when we regain power in 2023.
“If you look around, only in the PDP states projects are ongoing, I am sure speaking the facts and the minds of many Nigerians.”
“Those running and leaving the PDP to where their sins are forgiven… So if you are a bad and corrupt man, you go over to APC to where your sins will be forgiven but we do not agree and believe in intimidation. We will remain in the PDP, we will capture power and improve Nigeria.”
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He flayed the Federal Government for failing to conquer Boko Haram after promising to achieve the feat within 6 months in power, adding the state of insecurity was getting worse.
“Those who said they were going to conquer Boko haram in 6-month, 6 years now they cannot do it. It is getting worse.
“We now have several Boko Haram terrorising the country. We will come and make Nigeria what it should be, the pride of Africa,” the Sokoto Governor stated.