Defections: PMB, APC governors, others hold crucial meeting


From Juliet Odey, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has met yesterday with the All Progressive Congress governors, party stalwarts and other stakeholders to brainstorm over the gale of defections that has hit the party and to assess their electoral fortunes.
Details of the meeting have not been made public yet.
Those present in the meeting are: Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state and Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi. Others were Gov. Jubril Bindow of Adamawa, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state.
Also at the meeting were Ogun state governor Ibikunle Amosun, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and Niger state governor, Sani Bello. Governors Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Osun deputy governor, Grace Laoye-Tomori.
It would be recalled that the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, governors of Benue, Kwara and Sokoto as well as the deputy governor of Kano announced their defections from the APC and joined the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Some members of the National Assembly also defected from the APC to join various political party, last week.
They claimed they were marginalised in APC and that they wanted a haven for their comfort. The APC deliberated on the defections on Wednesday at that high level meeting with President Muhamamadu Buhari.


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