PDP governors in the Northern part of Nigeria have jointly accused the Buhari’s government of intimidating and forcing their colleagues in the people democratic party, Ben Ayade of Cross River, David Umahi of Ebonyi and Bello Matawale of Zamfara, to join the All Progressive Congress, APC.

Recall that Ben Ayade had recently dumped PDP for APC. Also Matawale and Umahi defect to the ruling party, APC within the space of few months.

According to Governor Darius Ishaku who spoke on behalf of other Northern PDP governors, their colleague didn’t join APC because they want to but because they were intimidated and forced by the APC government.

He added that the present government, even though is headed by a Northerner, has not done anything meaningful for the North.

Ishaku concluded by calling on Buhari’s administration to stop intimidating PDP governors or forcing them to join PDP.

He said:

“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 short-changed. We want that observation to be noted.

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We the PDP governors have also resolved that, on our own, to continue to do our best for our people as we have already been doing in our various states.”


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