Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state and chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Convention Committee said on Monday that the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state have no plans to dump the APC. Badaru said this in Abuja while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a close-door meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari. The governor said it was not true that Saraki and Tambuwal were negotiating with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dump the ruling APC. “It is not true that Tambuwal and Saraki are negotiating with the PDP, we have not heard of that.
Some few weeks back there was rumour about the governor of Benue and he made it clear at our last NEC that he is not moving anywhere. “Those are rumours flying around but they don’t have consequence. We are united, Governor Tambuwal is with us and the distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President is also with APC and we have not had any reason to think that they are negotiating elsewhere, no,” he said.
Badaru also spoke on the forthcoming APC national convention, saying it would be peaceful as different camps within the party were already united. “We expect a peaceful and rancour free and good convention.
All members are one. They are all united and I am sure the convention will bring everybody together. And in democracy, if you are open and straight forward, things get done well, I don’t think there should be any problem,” he said. On the alleged political unrest in Jigawa state at the weekend during the APC rally, he said: “Political unrest, no it is not true. It is normal political chanting between groups that are contesting the same position and People passing by.
Some groups will shunt for their own and others will shunt for another person and that was what happened. That was a great rally. It is normal in every gathering; you have different supporters supporting different people contesting the same position.”