The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has been traumatized following the defection of former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and other members of the House of Representatives, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.
The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, expressed the shock while speaking State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “I have a lot of respect for Kwankwaso and Kwankwaso has a lot of respect for Mr. President. Kwankwaso has integrity, honour and dignity. I don’t see him going back to PDP. It is well, nothing to worry about and let’s leave it at that.”
Mr Oshiomhole however described the defectors as “mercenaries” who were in APC just to win election, adding that the governing party is “not disturbed at all” and that he is not losing sleep over the defections.
He also said it is good that those who never believed in the APC are leaving ahead the electioneering activities because that would enable the party concentrate on its campaigns.
Oshiomhole said those who defected cannot affect the electoral fortunes of APC because President Muhammadu Buhari got more votes than them in their own constituencies in the last election.
He described the defectors as right wing politicians who believe in the philosophy of “share the money” and did not belong to the progressives group, saying even while they were in the APC, they constituted themselves as opposition to the governing party.