President Muhammadu Buhari has received another set of defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party including the suspended Deputy National Chairman of the party, Senator Babayo Gamawa and a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Kaulaha Aliyu, who defected to All Progressives Congress.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defection of the PDP bigwigs from Bauchi State came barely 24 hours after the president received various members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Support Groups from the North East, who defected to the ruling APC. NAN reports that the defectors who were accompanied by Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, met behind closed doors with President Buhari for about 35 minutes.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting with the president, the governor expressed delight over the new political development, saying the defectors were in the presidential villa to pay political homage and pledge their support to the president. Abubakar, who expressed delight over the decision of Gamawa and Kaulaha Aliyu to decamp to the APC, said, “You can see I’m very delighted because with these gentlemen I can go to sleep with my two eyes closed, so to speak.’’
On his part, Gamawa told the correspondents that his decision to defect to the ruling APC had nothing to do with his suspension from the PDP but his love for the country. He, however, stated that the PDP would regret the decision to suspend him from office.