Fresh facts emerged, yesterday, that crisis is brewing in Zamfara State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); over the defection rumour of Governor, Bello Matawalle from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Top-placed sources in the ruling party stated the quest to get a second term in the office, in 2023 is the major cause behind the governor’s move to the APC.
The source stated while it is not a hidden fact that “the governor’s political godfather remains a former two/term governor of the state and strongly supported him behind the scenes, he (the governor) has been told that there’s no assure of a second term if he remains within the PDP
“Zamfara has always aligned politically with the party at the Centre and he was told in clear terms that for him to run and get a second term, he has to defect to the APC.
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“He was informed, sometimes last year that the best guess for him was ‘to return home and get the ticket to run for 2023.’”
However, another source stated in as much as discussions on the governor’s movement to APC has been concluded at the highest level of the party, the local chapter of the party has been sidelined.
Checks with the state govt of the APC, led by Alhaji Lawal Liman indicated that “they were not included in negotiations to bring the governor from PDP to the APC.
“Of a truth, the governor was formerly with us before he moved to the PDP however with the reconciliation strikes initiated by the national leadership, it could have been better to have carried Zamfara APC along in the discussions.
“Now that we have peace, why are they doing to us, who stayed behind; even though a few of us lost the golden opportunity we had in 2019?”
In another development, another source stated as on Thursday evening, it “still remains hazy whether his deputy would move with him to the APC.”
However, the PDP has vowed to appeal to the governor to not move to the APC.
“When the Federal Government placed a no-fly zone on Zamfara, the PDP spoke up and rose within the state’s defence; that they had no motive to put the state on the no-fly embargo.
“As a party, we have always stood with the governor, however, I can guarantee you that our governors are on the matter; as we speak.”