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Fear of Another High Profile Defection as APC Caretaker Chairman Meets Prominent PDP Governor

The caretaker committee chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, on Wednesday, October 13, met with the governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Fintiri.

Buni who is also the governor of Yobe state shared photos of his meeting with Fintiri on Facebook, thanking his Adamawa counterpart for the warm reception.

He wrote:"We thank the Executive Governor of Adamawa State His Excellency Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri and the good people of the State for their warmth welcome and reception."

Since Governor Buni took control of the All Progressives Congress APC, three PDP governors, David Umahi of Ebonyi, Ben Ayade of Cross River,and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, have joined the ruling party from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Thus, his visit to Adamawa has sparked fresh speculations that another defection may be around the corner as Governor Fintiri is a member of the PDP.

However, Governor Fintiri had earlier dismissed the speculation as he affirmed that he would not dump the PDP for All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor, in a statement issued on Thursday, by his director-general of media and communications, Solomon Kumangar, said there was no substance to the speculation.

Governor Fintiri, however, said he remains in the PDP and has no plan to leave for any other party.

Kumangar said:“The governor is not contemplating leaving the PDP. He is comfortably leading the party in Adamawa state to achieve development milestones for the people. He remains focused on the mandate of providing good governance to all parts of the state.”

According to him, the defection speculation was the work of “social media warriors” and has no basis in reality.

He, however, advised politicians of all persuasions to de-emphasise political partisanship at these critical times of efforts to build an Adamawa state that people of goodwill seek.

The governor's aide further stated:“What is most important at this point is for Nigerians of all walks of life to join hands and surmount the challenges confronting the nation."

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has reacted to the defection of the deputy governor of Anambra state, Dr Nkem Okeke, to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

The National publicity secretary of the party, Barister Tex Okechukwu, in a statement released on Wednesday, October 13, in Abuja, said Okeke's defection will not jeopardise APGA's chances in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state, Channels TV reported.

Okechukwu noted that the defection was long expected,adding that the deputy governor had been holding a grudge against everyone over his inability to secure the party’s governorship ticket.

He said:“The deputy governor had thought that the governor (Willie Obiano) and the party were going to hand over the governorship ticket of the party in the last primary to him on a platter.

“When that didn’t happen, he started behaving abnormally, even to the point of insubordination and dereliction of duties.”

Okechukwu viewed the exit of the deputy governor, without formal notification to the party or his principal, as uncalled for, ill-timed and ill-advised as the governor had always treated him with respect, love and consideration.

He said: "The party frowned at the desperation being exhibited by the opposition APC in the build-up to the November 6 Anambra State Governorship Election, calling on all members of the party to remain united to ensure that APGA won the election with wider margins

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