By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The mood at Wadata, the edifice housing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday was that of excitement owing to what a source described as the imminent defection of prominent politicians “very soon,” including Senate President, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Samuel Ortom and Abdulfatai Ahmed of Sokoto, Benue and Kwara States respectively among others.
In a chat with Vanguard in Abuja, the source credited the PDP Contacted and Integration Committee and the Reconciliation Committee led respectively by former Cross River State governor, Liyel Imoke and Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson for a job well done, noting that leaders across the various political parties were unanimous that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration should be voted of power in 2019.
Asked if the party regards the imminent return of the aforementioned as sufficient compensation for its loss of Ekiti to the APC; the source said doing so would amount to acceptance of fraud as a way of life, adding that the PDP has already taken a decision to reject the governorship election results which saw to the declaration of Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the APC as winner.
He also called on Nigerians to expect more defections into the fold of the party in the months leading to the general election, arguing that the past three years of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has left the country more divided that it has ever been “since the attainment of independence in 1960.”
He said: “By now, Nigerians are aware that Senator Saraki and some governors are perfecting plans to return home. Mind you, I didn’t say returning to a party because I believe and they know that the PDP is their home. They belong here and this is where they can be what they want to be, politically.
“It is not just these governors but more governors and members of the National Assembly, both from the Senate and the House of Representatives and State Houses of Assembly. This is good news for Nigerians who have watched their country drift toward anarchy and despondency in the last three years.
“The Ekiti episode is being addressed but I don’t want to think that we need lose one to win two or three as the case may be. What happened was robbery as attested to by local and international observers. But in the meantime, we are making inroads into the polity that will position the party on a solid footing to win the Presidential elections in 2019.”
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus alongside River State governor, Nyesom Wike, Ortom, Tambuwal and Presidential hopeful, Sule Lamido met with Saraki and Governor Ahmed in Ilorin as part of efforts to woo the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) members back to PDP formally.