Okorocha Assures Buhari: No More Defections from APC
The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, has assured that no governor will defect from the party anymore.
The governor gave the assurance at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the presidential villa on Wednesday night.
Okorocha, who briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said they deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.
“Two of our colleagues left our party. This is politics, it is unfortunate that they have to go.
“We have 22 states, 53 senators now. Nobody is leaving the party anymore. Those who have left, we are aware that they will leave long ago.
“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back.
“This is what’s happening,’’ he said.
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari.
Those governors that attended the meeting included Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state and Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
Others were Gov. Jubril Bindow of Adamawa, Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state.
Also at the meeting were Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and Niger State Governor, Sani Bello.
Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state, Gov. Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Osun Deputy Governor, Grace Laoye-Tomori were also in attendance.
However, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who is the current Chairman of the Governors’ Forum as well as governors of Bauchi and Yobe states were absent at the meeting.