The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party are in panic mode. This follows moves by the All Progressives Congress to bring in Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and his Cross River State counterpart, Governor Ben Ayade to their party.
According to the Punch, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee; and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State are handling the negotiations.
The Punch also learnt that the APC also had their eyes on Governor Ifeanyi Uguwanyi of Enugu State but he rejected their offer
“Uguwanyi has been targeted but he is proving stubborn. Our aim is to ensure that we have at least three South-East states out of the five ahead of the 2023 elections. If we cannot get Ugwuanyi, we will ensure that we win the Anambra governorship election which comes up later in the year,” he said.
It was learnt that Governor Matawalle of Zamfara State had already been accepted by top All Progressives Congress leaders in Zamfara State like a former governor of the state, Senator Ahmed Yerima, who had stated publicly that Matawalle would defect.
While Governor Mohammed of Bauchi State was also expected to join the APC soon and talks are on with concerned parties.
Governor Ayade of Cross River State, is believed to have fallen out with his predecessor, Liyel Imoke and has lost comntrol of the PDP in the State.
The former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, …