- Abdulmumin Jibrin has expressed confidence in the APC to retain power in 2019
- The House of Representatives member from Kano said some PDP governors were working for the APC
- He said President Buhari has highest electoral value in the country
Abdulmumin Jibrin who is a member of the House of Representatives from Kano state has claimed that not less than four governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are working for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Jibrin spoke on Wednesday, August 1, in Abuja saying they have a cross-party arrangement.
He said the APC still remains strong despite losing some key members.
The lawamker said: “At the moment, not less than four to five PDP governors are working in a cross-party arrangement to support the APC in the next presidential election.
“If the APC were presenting another candidate other than President Muhammadu Buhari, I would have been a bit jittery about the defections but there is this consensus within the party with Buhari as our presidential candidate.
“Those people against Buhari in Nigeria are just a group of elites with no electoral value. And so in the next election is going to be between some sections of the elites verses the masses.”
He said President Buhari has the “highest electoral value in the country and in the entire Africa”, adding that his ability to bring Nigeria out of economic recession last year is enough reason for him to seek re-election.
“When people say the economy is going down, I get surprised. What indices are they using to make their judgement?
“The reality of the matter is that the capacity of Buhari setting up a crack team, giving power to the CBN and ministry of finance to battle the economic recession that would have brought Nigeria to ground zero is enough for Buhari to contest the next election.
“That was what former US president Barrack Obama did. He came when there was economic crisis in America and within two years, he was able to bring the country back on board. That was what he used to get re-election," he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, Governor 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.
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