Defection Speculation: Ayade Meets Kwankwaso, Okorocha, Others

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has met with bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the weekend.

The meeting, which started during the thanksgiving ceremony organised by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, in Calabar, was believed to have focused on the governor’s political future.

A former senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, a former minister of defence and presidential aspirant, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who graced the occasion, were said to have convinced Ayade to leave the PDP for the APC.

Later, Ayade drove with them and other top military brass that also graced the event in large numbers to an undisclosed location where Okorocha and other APC leaders were said to have got his firm commitment.

Speculations have been rife over Ayade’s secret ambition to cross over to the APC, having hobnobbed with key national leaders of the party few months after he was sworn in.

He has also been showering encomiums on President Muhammadu Buhari whom he had criticised before his victory in the last presidential election.

But in a swift reaction, Ayade’s media aide dismissed the insinuation that the governor was planning to move from the PDP.

Christian Ita, chief press secretary to Ayade, said the governor was just playing the role of a good host to the array of political, military and business leaders that thronged Calabar to honour a prominent son of the state.

“It is not true that the discussion our governor had with the APC leaders had anything to do with leaving the PDP for the APC,” said Ita.

Okorocha, who had visited the state and met Ayade previously over same issue, had commended the governor for having the blessing of God with the appointment of his “sons” into key national positions.

Remarking, Usani commended those who honoured his invitation and described them as his close friends. He stated that hatred for one another was the key reason for underdevelopment of Cross River State.

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Gbolahan Yusuf: Now That We Have All Defected

Defections are always a part of any multi-party democratic system. Even the creators of this system of governance always had and will still have party defectors. What however stands the Nigerian democracy out in this regard is the infinite rate of these defections, the limit in underlying reasons to selfish ambitions, and the intriguing drama that often surrounds the moves. It can easily be likened to the transfer window obtainable in the sporting world (except without a deadline day); the negotiations, the announcement, the public unveiling, all too similar.

The inter-party defections though had started long ago in the country, they came to unprecedented heights particularly since the formation of the APC, then a merger of opposition parties that would later grow so strong, it would afterwards unseat the ruling party, in a feat never previously achieved. If the rate of defections to the APC since the birth of the party were shocking, the influx rate since the party’s election victory will likely be killing. The party had through the President and its National Publicity Secretary advised members of the PDP to remain in their party after many had inquired about how the APC will retain its uniform progressive identity amidst sustained influx. Even if it was clear enough that the APC could not close its doors to outsiders, there were concerns about the party coming across as same old wine, only in a different bottle. Such concerns are yet unabated.

Since the ascension of the APC to take Aso Rock, the defections have been unending particularly in those states where elections loom (Kogi, Bayelsa, and Ondo notably). The severity of these cross-carpeting moves is perhaps best captured with reflections on the case of Bayelsa State for example-the home state of the ousted president and National leader of the PDP-where almost the entire PDP moved to APC, leaving behind the former president, incumbent governor and their stooges. While it is easy to chastise the opposition, the ruling party as well cannot continue to accept all and sundry and keep trying to make them look like “born-agains” once they ditch the umbrella for the broom, a leopard cannot change its spots. So therein lies the conundrum for the two major political parties in our polity, how does the PDP keep its members in the rebuilding process and how does the APC show that it is a party of progressives and not just anybody with a large pool of supporters?

On the 28th of March this year, Nigerians gave APC the job of ruling this country, but on that day, directly or indirectly, Nigerians also gave the PDP the job of opposing. One may be “juicier” but neither job can be abandoned in any breathing democracy. The chances of our democracy blossoming relate exclusively with how well both parties attend to the responsibilities saddled them by the people. In that regard, it was encouraging to see the APC advise PDP members to stay in their party, yes both parties do have a cat and mouse relationship but that advice is one the PDP members, must cling to tightly. If everyone leaves, the ship sinks. Sadly however, the PDP still seem in unfamiliar terrain with their new responsibility. The party has yet to call a National Executive Meeting since its ship ran into the Buharian icebergs, there were intense wranglings before getting the former National Chairman to resign, the race for the National Chairmanship is also now bringing up intriguing drama episodes. In all, the goats do not seem to be over their crave for yams, and the longer rebuilding takes, the harder.

The people had a choice between PDP and APC and went for the latter, so a situation where the APC comes off as inviting all and sundry, does not speak well of the ruling party as well. Even when the APC has not done wrong in accepting defectors, it must do more to convince the Nigerians who are seeing less and less difference between both parties. The recent disregard for party leadership in the National Assembly shows the many cracks that can arise when too many are allowed into the party, without a cogent unifying ideological basis. It got so bad, an APC member in the House of Representatives then asked publicly if there was any difference between both parties.

If rumors are true, Hon Leo Ogor of the PDP, a loud voice in the House of Representatives seems set to cross the bridge over to the APC also and the Ebonyi governor as well continues to play open romance with the APC and in recent times, such games have always ended one way. The more the PDP is weakened, the more the job of opposition is abandoned and once that balance cannot be achieved between the ruling and opposition, our democracy suffers for it. It is definitely something for our politicians to ponder on. What happens if we all defect?

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Hundreds Defect From PDP To APC In Kogi

It was celebration galore in Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government in Kogi State, as thousands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the local government defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The leader of the decampees, Engineer John Ibrahim Ocheje, who led all the 10 former councillors, PDP ward chairmen and their supporters to the venue of their defection at Onyedega, said that the decision of the people to dump PDP for APC was borne out of their conviction that the local government can thrive better under the All Progressives Congress.

According to him, Ibaji under the present administration of Capt. Idris Wada did not enjoy any dividend of democracy that is worth praising, saying the area could not remain with PDP while there was continuous dearth of basic social amenities.

Ocheje who contested the House of Representatives primary election on the platform of PDP and failed said, “We need a sense of direction through a purposeful leadership. I am decamping because of my people; they need the leadership that could lead them into a positive change that will reflect in their lives”.

He lamented that the people of Ibaji have been voting PDP en masse since 2003, but have nothing to show for it under PDP leadership, noting that the people are not happy with the total neglect of the area by the party.

Receiving the multitude of the decampees, the zonal leader of APC in Kogi East, Mr. Daniel Isah, commended the courage of the people in joining APC, and urged them to always speak with one voice to enable them enjoy the dividends of democracy under the party.

He said, “This is the right time for Ibaji people to belong to the mainstream of Nigerian politics. APC is a party of development; that is why all the states governed by the party enjoyed significant development”.

Marwa Dumps PDP

In what can best be described as a big blow to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former military governor of Lagos State, Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa, has resigned from the party.

A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by his media aide, Bello Zubairu, said “the former military governor decided to quit the PDP on personal grounds.”

It would be recalled that before the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Marwa was the governorship candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Adamawa State and after the merger of CPC and other opposition parties to form the APC, thousands of his supporters from several local government areas of the state were technically allegedly denied the opportunity to register in the new party then.

Though the statement was silent on whether Marwa will be returning to the APC, it however stated that “the retired general will be making public, his next line of action in the coming days.”

He appealed to his numerous supporters and well-wishers who have been calling him for direction from across the country to await his next move, the statement added.

List Of Politicians That Dumped PDP For APC After Buhari’s Victory

Ex-Edo state Governor, Osarhemen Osunbor, dumps PDP for APC, also PDP governorship candidate Maj-Gen. Charles Arhiavbere (rtd) also dump the PDP

In Kwara Gbemi Saraki, younger sister to Senator Bukola Saraki and the PDP youth leader in the state defected to APC.

Dr. Olusola Oke, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the 2012 governorship election in Ondo state has concluded plans to defect officially to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The current Jigawa State deputy governor, Ahmad Mahmud also jumped the ship from the PDP to APC

Brigadier Gen Chris Onja (rtd) and former AGF Michael Aondoakaa dumped the PDP in benue state

In Oyo state Mrs. Ayoka Lawani, a prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also crossed to APC

The Majority Leader in the Gombe State House of Assembly Hon. Mamman Alkalio,  was among the hundreds of politicians from the ruling Peoples Democratic party (PDP), who defected to the APC.

In Abia state, mother of the former State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu Elder (Mrs.) Eunice Uzor Kalu, leader of the Reality Organisation in the South-East and and her members joined the APC. Also, former member of the House of Representatives and brother to the ex-governor, Hon Nnanna Uzor Kalu and ex-Chief of Staff to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu, joined the APC.


His Mother, Brothers Defect To APC, Ace PDP Member Under Pressure

The rank of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East was yesterday swelled when Elder (Mrs.) Eunice Uzor Kalu, leader of the Reality Organisation in the South-East and mother of former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and her members joined the party.

Also, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Nnanna Uzor Kalu and ex-Chief of Staff to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Mascot Uzor Kalu, joined the APC.

This was the highpoint of the visit of President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to Imo State to thank the people for voting for him as well as asking them to also vote for Governor Rochas Okorocha and APC House of Assembly candidates in Saturday elections.

Speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Owerri, Buhari gave assurance that APC will experience credible polls in South East and South-South, better than what happened during the Presidential and National Assembly elections two weeks ago.

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More Defection In Rivers As Six Commissioners Dump APC For PDP

Six commissioners in Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s cabinet are set to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) before Friday. Their defection is coming just few days after Amaechi’s deputy,Tele Ikuru defected to the PDP.

Only five commissioners in Amaechi’s cabinet are die-hard supporters of his ambition, while other commissioners are believed to be waiting for the right time to make the pronouncement of defection.

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Lagos APC Loses 3000 Members to “Winning Team”, PDP

3, 000 members of APC under the aegis of Justice Group Wednesday defected to PDP in Lagos.
The group was led by Chief David Abidakun, who explained that they are leaving the APC in Lagos and the south west.

He said “We are not counting the number of people here but our membership. We have a membership of over 70, 000 in the South West and all of us will join the PDP in our various states in the South West after the formal ceremony”.

He said that the group left the APC for being marginalised, adding that “We believe that the PDP is a place to be and so we have decided to be part of the winning team.”


Find Out The 1000 PDP Members Who Defected To APC

Over 1000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State, including a former Local Government Transition Committee Chairman, Tom Adodo, on Thursday defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

They also declared support for the APC administration of Adams Oshiomhole. Igueben is hometown of PDP chieftain, Tom Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister, who until last year was a senior member of the APC.

Addressing Mr. Oshiomhole and other members of the APC at the Government House, Mr. Adodo said, “Today, many of us that are here are from Ward 1 to 10 in Igueben Local Government. We are here to pledge and affirm our support to the Comrade-Governor because it is only a foolish man that will not see the developmental strides of the governor in Edo State in the past six years.

“For so many years, PDP administration brought decay to our infrastructures, we have seen decay even in our moral lives and for the six years and three months of the Comrade Governor, we have seen transformation in Edo State and so we are here to pledge our loyalty to the government that have done so much for the people of Edo State.”

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Abia State APC’s Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate Defects to PDP

Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate for Abia State, Prince Fred Eke Idika defected to PDP with over 20,000 of his loyal supporters within and outside Abia. The defection took place at the PDP Women’s wing Presidential Rally in Umuahia, Abia State capital.

According to Prince Fred Eke Idika, PDP government in Nigeria has done well generally and the transformation agenda of Mr President deserves continuity. Therefore, joining the PDP was the best option for him and his teeming supporters.

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Obasanjo’s Exit is PDP’s Death Warrant- Kwankwaso

Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has described the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the PDP as a death warrant to the party. He said Obasanjo’s exit signified that the death warrant of the party is about to be signed.

He stated that the five governors who defected  to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were vindicated for seeing the futility in remaining in the PDP that had lost credibility and steam.

Kwankwaso, who was speaking to newsmen in his office in Kano, said the PDP is on road to extinction in the face of the abysmal rot rocking its leadership.

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Former Minister Dumbs PDP for APC

A former Minister of Health, Ali Pate, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC). Pate defected with other chieftains of the party and their supporters in Bauchi State.

Pate, who contested the PDP’s governorship primary, has donated his campaign office to  the APC’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

Other notable chieftains of the PDP that joined APC include the 2011 coordinator of President Goodluck Jonathan/Sambo campaign organisation in the state,  Haruna Ningi and Umar Gwadabe.

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“I have Passed the Stage of Begging Anybody”, Aliyu Denies Begging IBB…

Governor Bababgida Aliyu of Niger State has denied media reports that he begged former military president,General Ibrahim Babangida, to convince his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto and others who recently defected to the APC, to return to the PDP.

Speaking while playing host yesterday to the Federation of Advocates for Fair, Credible and Peaceful Elections led by Alhaji Tanko Yakassai in Minna, Aliyu said it was not unusual to see politicians decamping during electioneering periods, adding that those who defected had the right to do so.

 “They said I went to IBB over those who defected. I have passed the stage of begging anybody. Every politician is free to decide on which party he wants to belong to. Let me however plead that nobody should victimize anybody for the political decision they made.
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Defected PDP Members Get 48-Hour Ultimatum to “Undefect”

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta state who defected to other political parties to contest next month’s election have been given a 48-hour ultimatum by the party to return, or face suspension.

This was disclosed by the Deputy National Chairman of the South/South party, Cairo Ojuighoh, on Wednesday at Ororokpe and Sapele on the second day of the state PDP rally.According to him, the party would not tolerate such anti-party activities whereby members who lost at the primary would go to another party to compete.

Some members of the PDP who participated in the party’s primary elections last month had defected to other parties to pursue their aspirations, Daily Independent reports. Ojuighoh explained that the party would not accept the excuse of them coming back after their victory.

He said the assumption that there was an accord between one party and the PDP is not correct. He therefore warned the culprits of such an assumption, and those promoting the idea, to be careful so that the party would not believe them to be working against the party.


Defection Wahala: Court Strikes Out PDP’s Suit Seeking to Remove Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Others

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out the suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking to remove four governors who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling that lasted about two hours, held that the suit’s originating processes were invalid on the grounds that they were wrongly issued and served on the defendants.

The PDP had last December, sued the governors, including former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asking the court to declare the defecting governors’ seats vacant, and for INEC to conduct elections for their replacement. Nyako’s name was removed from the suit shortly after his impeachment. The remaining four are Rotimi  Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).

The party had, upon an order of court, served the originating processes on wrong address, which it claimed was the headquarters of the APC.

The court upheld the arguments of the governors and consequently set aside the service of the suits on them.

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