ABUJA— NATIONAL Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said that the five governors, who recently announced their defection to All Progressives Congress, APC, are still PDP members.
Alhaji Tukur spoke to newsmen after about four hours meeting with PDP Senators.
Governors Chibuike Amaechi, Rivers; Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano; Murtala Nyako, Adama-wa; Abdulfatai Ahmed, Kwara and Aliu Wamma-ko, Sokoto, had recently announced their defec-tion to APC after alleged irreconcilable differences occasioned by Tukur’s leadership style, which the aggrieved members viewed was autocratic.
However, Tukur, who tried to avoid commen-ting on the defection, said that it was not part of the issues that brought him to the Senate.
He said: “Have they? They have not gone yet. We did not talk about people who want to go or stay.
“I came here because this is the first time I am coming to meet my family. They are my members.”
The PDP Chairman advised members of the party to imbibe the spirit of democracy, discipline and good governance.
He, however, denied discussing the plan by some senators loyal to Alhaji Kawu Baraje in the then new PDP to join their state governors in APC.
Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, told journalists “we discussed issues affecting members of the PDP senate caucus and the national Chairman listened attentively and responded and gave us words of reassurance.”
On the specific issues discussed, Ndoma-Egba said they were domestic issues.