Marwa, Shekarau, Bafarawa set to join PDP

Jonathan and Sambo
Jonathan and Sambo

POLITICAL Adviser to the President, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has said those thinking of brewing a crisis in the presidency, so that President Goodluck Jonathan would drop Vice President Namadi Sambo in 2015 are wasting their time, as no one can separate them in 2015.

He assured that when the president finally made up his mind to contest in 2015, he would definitely go ahead with Vice President Sambo, in spite of the politics of intrigues and blackmail against the Kaduna born politician.

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service, monitored in Kaduna, on Tuesday, he said reports of mass defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, from where Sambo hails, were a failed ploy by the opponents to cause confusion in the PDP.

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He said governors who thought Sambo would be dropped ahead 2015 should also retrace their steps, because the presidency had understood their antics.

Gulak described the defectors to APC as fake members, adding that they had to defect because they were only interested in political offices.

Meanwhile, the failure of the leadership of APC to resolve the differences between political heavyweights in Adamawa, Sokoto and Kano may lead to the defection of former Sokoto State governor, Attahiru Bafarawa; former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau and former military governor of Lagos State, General Buba Marwa.

Sources in the political arena told the Nigerian Tribune that the the trio of Marwa, Bafarawa and Shekarau had been reached discreetly and openly by lobbyists of PDP, who had identified their grievances with the APC structure.

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It was gathered that the leadership of APC had resolved not to go back on the agreement reached with the defecting governors, so as not to set a tone of unreliability.

The development has, however, set the party against the bigwigs in the three states, who had held the reins of the APC before the defection.

It was learnt that the PDP was aware of efforts at blocking the defection of the trio by the leadership of APC through a committee headed by former Edo State governor, Chief John Oyegun, but stated that talks with the PDP hierarchy had already gone far.

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