Monday, 12 April 2021

Defect and lose your seat, ex governor warns incumbent over defection rumour


As the 2023 election year draws closer with party primaries just months away, the political climate in most states like Cross River, Zamfara and Ebonyi are tensed up with rumours of defections and counter rumors. 

The heat of defection is currently very strong in Cross River and Zamfara as governor Ayade of Cross River have been facing a serious running battle with members of the National Assembly from the State. This has divided the party in the state while crippling party activities.

Recently, Ayade who played host to governor Balla Mohammed was heard complaining about the several injustice he has faced from the PDP while warning that he will no longer tolerate such level of disrespect and injustice meted on him and his office, stating that he is dancing on the fence.

Many had taken the governor's dancing on the fence statement to mean he is in between two parties. 

Also in Zamfara, governor Bello Matawelle have had his own fair share of party tussle as to who takes hold of the soul of the party in his state. With this supremacy tussle lingering for long there are strong rumors that the governor might be dumping his party for the APC which seems to be a strong party in his state. 

It was based on the aforementioned that a former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji AbulAziz Yari, informed  governor, Matawalle, that his movement to APC will mean forfeiture of his seat as governor  to note that he would lose his seat going by the Supreme Court's verdict that brought him to power in 2019.

Yari who said there's yet to be a verbal or official communication to the governor's decisions to leave the party, however, cautioned that the apex court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and announced the PDP candidates as winners who would remain in power till 2023.

"As such, until after that period, any PDP elected officer who defects to another party must also vacate his seat going by the court's judgment," he said.

Yari who was at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Gusau on Sunday to distribute N1.3bn assorted grains he purchased for the APC supporters as Ramadan gift, said he believes Matawalle was being misled by some people to join the APC "forgetting the circumstances that have made him to become the governor of the state."