A high powered delegation of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), who have been meeting with the seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) with the aim of luring them into their fold, yesterday recorded a major breakthrough as Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State assured them that he had started inviting like-minds in the PDP to dump the ruling party for the APC.
Nyako made this disclosure at Government House, Yola, Adamawa State on Friday during a meeting with national leaders of the APC.
Nyako is one of the seven PDP governors, who recently pledged their allegiance to the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led New PDP.
Reacting to an address by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Interim National chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande and other APC leaders in the delegation, Nyako said a situation where the culture of impunity had gained ground in the PDP would make it easy for most members of the party to join forces with the opposition as a better alternative to save Nigeria from the abyss.
“As far as I am concerned, I have already distributed kola nuts to the entire Fulani nation and like-minds in PDP to leave enmass to the APC,” he said.
Nyako, who has not hidden his desire to leave the PDP for APC, stated that at the right time, he would personally lead the mass exodus to the APC.
Earlier, there had been wild jubilation in Yola, the state capital, as the visiting APC leaders reconciled Governor Nyako, Gen. Buba Marwa and the ACN governorship candidate in the last governorship election in the state, Engr Marcus Gundiri.
The three notable politicians, who had slugged it out for the governorship seat of Adamawa State, which was won by Nyako in the 2011 elections, were all smiles as they were brought together by the APC delegation.
Tinubu, who spoke for the other APC leaders, described the party as a family that is determined to make Nigerians happy.
He urged Gov. Nyako to join the APC and remain the true father of all in the state, adding that the APC was determined to place Nigerians in better conditions from 2015 as against the prevailing lacklustre leadership at the centre by the PDP-led federal government.
“I’m hopeful that Admiral Nyako and his G7 will join the party and help clean up the mess caused by corruption and bad governance in Nigeria for so long, for our children and grandchildren,’’ Tinubu said.
The former Lagos State governor expressed appreciation to people of Adamawa State for turning out in large numbers to welcome him, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and other APC leaders to the state.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Akande also thanked the governor for showing interest in the APC and making it possible for the party to continue to grow since the crisis in the PDP ballooned out of control.
Buhari, in his own remarks noted that the APC was earnestly selling its values to Nigerians, adding that “the struggle is not for us but for our generations yet unborn. We cannot afford to leave the country but stay to salvage it together”.