The APC yesterday explained that the defection pf Senate President Bokola Saraki and three governors to the PDP will not affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.
Acting National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena said the defectors lacked the political clout to undermine the goodwill of the President at the grassroots
Nabena said: “I can tell you authoritatively that the defections will not affect the President’s re-election. It is a public knowledge that Saraki’s popularity is limited to Kwara. He does not have any power to determine what happens in Kogi or other North Central states where the President still enjoys substantial support.
“Please note that Saraki’s popularity is limited to Kwara alone. He has to contend with latest agitation from certain people who are now questioning what he has done for the state in the last 15 years. You will recall that when the deadly Offa robbery took place, there was no single Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in the state to confront the robbers. That shows lack of development.
“When you talk of Tambuwal, you all know that he is not in control of Sokoto State. His godfather Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, whose structure he used to become governor, is still with us. You have seen what happened when Wammako visited Sokoto on Saturday.
“In Sokoto, the deputy governor, two senators, nine members of the House of Representatives, 12 out of the 30 State House of Assembly members and the massive supporters in the state are with us
“For Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom is facing crisis of acceptance. He has to contend with those who have been working to ensure that PDP is still a strong party in the state former Governor Gabriel Suswam. He will also prove that Senator George Akume is not a household name in Benue. Time will tell who controls Benue in due course.
Regarding other defecting lawmakers, most of them must get the tickets to run first while it is certain most of them will not win their re-election.