The suspended Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen. Babayo Gamawa, and a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, Kaulaha Aliyu, on Tuesday explained the reasons behind their defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, announced the suspension of Gamawa by the National Working Committee which accused him of anti-party activities among other crimes.
Gamawa and Aliyu visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday in the company of Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State.
Speaking with State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with the president, Gamawa stated that his defection was not in connection with his suspension.
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His words: “As a Nigerian, I want what is good for the country; I want good image for my country and I want to see development and progress of the country.
“And I have been saying it, as a politician, I play my politics not blindly. Whenever thing goes right or wrong I will say it the way it is. As Journalists, you are aware of what PDP did today – just because of an allegation they said they have suspended me.
“I want to call on them to check their secretariat. If they are in politics they should know what is happening on daily basis at the secretariat – what comes in and what goes out. They should check their mails and they will know the position of Sen. Babayo Gamawa before their action of today.
“I have no regret for defecting from the PDP and they (PDP) would regret their action, by God’s grace.’’
Aliyu also spoke about his defection.
Said he: “It’s a matter of principles – I believe among all the candidates nobody can come near the integrity and honesty of President Buhari and with what he has done to the North East in particular, I feel I should support him and do the best I can for him to emerge victorious come February 16, 2019.”
The Governor of Bauchi State who was excited said he was delighted about the development.