- Governor Rochas Okorocha led his colleagues to Daura, Katsina state on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari
- Okorocha confessed that it was painful to lose three governors and other members of the party to the PDP
- Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state said it is normal for politicians to defect
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, on Thursday, August 23, confessed that he and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were truly pained by the defections that hit the party recently.
Channels Television reports that Okorocha spoke in Daura, Katsina state when he led other APC governors to visit President Muhammadu Buhari to felicitate with him as Muslims celebrated Eid-el Kabir.
Okorocha, who is also the chairman of the APC governors forum, said: “We had wished that none of them, especially the governors, had left the part. We had wished, and it pains us so much.”
He said the defectors had related and associated with members of the APC while they were in the party. “All of a sudden, you don’t see one of your own; we feel it,” he lamented.
Okorocha, however, claimed the defections had no serious effect on the APC.
But Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state, simply said it was normal for politicians to defect from parties.
“Parties around the world are associations of persons and, sometimes, others will feel their objectives cannot be met where they are.
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“What has happened led to more commitment among party members,” Bagudu said.
The mass defection that hit the APC recently took away three governors including Samuel Ortom of Benue; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto. Many members of the party at the National Assembly also left the party with many joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com earlier reported that human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, while reacting to the recent defection of lawmakers from All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the defection is illegal.
Falana, who made this statement during a Channels TV programme on Friday, August 3, said the lawmakers’ defection is contrary to both the provisions of the 1999 constitution as well as previous court judgements regarding the issue.
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