By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA-GOVERNOR Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State on Monday said that there was no iota of truth in the rumour that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal were negotiating with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Badaru who stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President at the State House also explained that what happened last weekend in the state during the APC rally was not crisis, rather political shunting by different supporters of the aspirants.
The Jigawa State governor said that the forthcoming APC Congress will be peaceful as the different camps were already united.
On what should be expected from the convention, he said, “We expect a peaceful and rancour free and good convention.
“All members are one. They are all united and I am sure the convention will bring everybody together. And in democracy, if you are open and straight forward, things get done well, I don’t think there should be any problem.”
Commenting on the alleged political unrest in the state at the weekend during the APC rally, he said, “Political unrest, no it is not true. It is normal political shaunting. Shunting between groups that are contesting the same position and People passing by.
“Some some groups will shunt for their own and others will shunt for another person and that was what happened. That was a great rally. It is normal in every gathering, you have different supporters supporting different people contesting the same position.”
He also debunked the rumoured plan by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Sokoto State governor Aminu Tambuwal as well as some other bigwigs of the APC to defect to the PDP.
He said there was no negotiation s going on. “No I don’t think so and I have not heard that rumours and I don’t think there is such negotiation going on,” he said.
He further said, “It is not true that Tambuwal and Saraki are negotiating with the PDP, we have not heard of that. Some few weeks back there was rumour about the governor of Benue (Governor Samuel Ortom) and he made it clear at our last NEC that he is not moving anywhere.
“Those are rumours flying around but they don’t have consequence. We are united, governor Tambuwal is with us and the Distinguished senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President is also with APC and we have not had any reason to think that they are negotiating elsewhere, no.”