Breaking news: PDP rebel governors join APC

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Baraje, centre, reads the declaration. Right is Chief Bisi Akande, and left, Ogbonaya Onu

Seven PDP governors who have been at political loggerheads with the leadership of Nigeria’s ruling party and President Goodluck Jonathan today finally dumped the party and joined the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The announcement was made today at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro Abuja, the Nigerian capital, at a ceremony attended by all the seven governors and leaders of the APC.

Abubakar Kawu Baraje, chairman of the breakaway faction of the PDP read the statement which formally switched the allegiance of the group to the APC.

Both the APC and Baraje group had met for some hours before reaching an agreement to merge their political forces. And Baraje announced a statement signed by him and Chief Bisi Akande, interim chairman of the APC, that the two groups have decided to merge, “to rescue our fledgling democracy and the nation”.

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Baraje, centre, reads the declaration. Right is Chief Bisi Akande, and left, Ogbonaya Onu
Baraje, centre, reads the declaration. Right is Chief Bisi Akande, and left, Ogbonaya Onu

In attendance were Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Governor Wammako of Sokoto state. Former governors, Bukola Saraki, Timipre Sylva and Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa states were also there.

The interim chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande received the governors. Also at the ceremony were Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and General Muhammadu Buhari.

Other faces at the historic merger: L-R, Abdullahi Adamu, Tinubu, Masari, Onu, Baraje
Other faces at the historic merger: L-R, Abdullahi Adamu, Tinubu, Masari, Onu, Baraje

Right to Left, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Akande, saraki, Amaechi, Baraje
Right to Left, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Akande, saraki, Amaechi, Baraje

Tinubu, in an interview with newsmen after the declaration said: ‘What has happened today is significant for our country. What is important is not the numerical strength but the character and commitment of people committed to change”.

Commenting on the development, the interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the defection of the seven governors to the APC as a strategic merger that will give Nigeria and Nigerians a new lease of life.