All things seem to have been set for the imminent defection of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that as the defection draws near the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu led a delegation of the APC bigwigs to Zamfara on Monday.
Other governors that visited the Northwest state include: Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe state Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru.
The governors stated that they came to see their colleague to commiserated with Matawalle over a recent market fire in Gusau, the state capital.
Speaking, Atiku Bagudu acknowledged the efforts of Matawalle in ensuring the return of peace in the state and offered support and solidarity through a donation of N50 million to the victims calling on the general public to be more careful in order to prevent a recurrence.
Responding, Governor Matawalle commended the three APC governors for the gesture which he noted his colleagues from the PDP had not done and assured that it would be reciprocated.
“This is a strategy from and by the APC, and Zamfara as a no man’s land will continue to welcome you and we will not care what negative things other people will say but we expect you to also extend our appreciation to our President, Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Sources at the meeting told Daily Trust that the presence of the governors was beyond the sympathy visit.
The credible source said the APC governors also finalized talks on the planned defection of Governor Matawalle from the PDP to the APC.