ABUJA – Friday 16 July 2021: The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors in the North have accused President Muhammadu Buhari administration of intimidating opposition state chief executives to join the All Progressives Congress, APC.
They made the revelation after a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku, spoke on behalf his counterparts including Governors Bala Muhammed (Bauchi), Aminu Tanbuwal (Sokoto), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa) after the meeting at the Taraba Government Lodge, Asokoro.
He alleged that their Cross River and Zamfara State counterparts, Ben Ayade and Bello Matawalle respectively, were intimidated into leaving the PDP to join the ruling party.
Ishaku, who spoke on the resolution of the governors, also accused the administration of not doing anything for the North despite controlling political power.
He stated: “All governors of the PDP who have joined the ruling APC in recent times did so because of intimidation. Most of our members are also being intimidated persistently. We want the intimidation stopped because we are not comfortable with it.
“We all resolved that the APC government has not provided the leadership needed in the North. And so, we the PDP governors in the North are not satisfied with the leadership of the APC government in the North.
“And we are drawing the attention that even though the leadership is in the North, our region is being shortchanged. We want that observation to be noted.
“We the PDP governors have also resolved on our own, to continue to do our best for our people as we have already been doing in our various states.”