By Jubril Bada
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been said to be jittery over some governors of the party who are planning to defect to the fold of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the country.
It was gathered that the work embarked upon by the Mai Mala-Buni-led Caretaker Extra -Ordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party has caused a lot of panic at the camps of the PDP leaders over the plans of the governors in the party to join the APC.
Speaking with The Hope, the former Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Mobilization and Political Matters, Mr. Olatunji Ifabiyi, said the ruling APC is working seriously on 2023 presidential candidate that would slog it out with the PDP.
Ifabiyi explained that the Buni-led committee has been working assiduously to set up Central Working Committee from ward to national levels for the smooth running of the party towards ensuring internal democracy that would produce presidential candidate that will take over from the President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
As a result of the proposed defection, he said some PDP governors have decided to appeal to Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle who had decided to join the APC not to leave the fold of the party.
Asked if truly Governor Matawalle was ready to defect, he said “in politics, interest is the most important and permanent.
Once the interest of a politician is not met in a particular political party such person will defect to another party.
“What does the PDP has to slog it out with the APC in the current trend of things. During election period, there will be a lot of agitations from governors to contest for second term or senatorial seat and politicians do not want to contest for election where they will lose.
“APC is very much on ground. The serious issues that divided us, we have unified and managed them with the assistance of Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee,” he added.