The All Progressives Congress (APC) has opened talks with three Peoples Democratic Party governors with a view to winning them over, The PUNCH reports.
The Punch gathered that the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee has begun talks with three PDP governors namely: Okezie Ikpeazu, his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi and Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri.
A top-ranking member of the party, who spoke in confidence for fear of retribution said, “The Zamfara State, Bello Mattawalle, is already in the kitty. We expect at least 18 of our governors to attend his home coming to Gusau tomorrow (Tuesday).
“After him, we are expecting Governor Ikpeazu to follow. Talks have reached an advanced stage. You know will be concluding his second term by 2023 and of course, he would want to remain politically relevant. Details of conditions are still being worked out by both parties.
“The other governors have sent emissaries and talks are progressing. Recall that we extended the membership registration/ revalidation exercise. We did this to accommodate some of these people.
“We expect that they and their supporters will take advantage of our ward, local government and state congresses to get a foothold in the party, the APC is a party for all Nigerians.”
However, in his response, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in an interview with newsmen dismissed such talks.
He said, “It is unfortunate that we have a ruling party that has completely lost focus. The APC is one political party that came to power using propaganda and still thinks it can sustain itself using the same means.
“They wish to have all of our governors in their midst because they are not performing, but Nigerians know the difference and cannot longer be deceived.”
Attempts to get a reaction from the Abia State Government were futile. When contacted, the Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, declined to comment. The governor’s Chief Press Secretary was also unreachable.
Recall that Okozie recently reiterated his resolve to remain with the PDP because according to him, it was the party that brought him to power.
Efforts to get Governor Ugwuanyi’s reaction were unsuccessful as he could not be reached for comment. His Media aides could not also be reached for reaction and their phones rang out.