Ex-Kogi State governor, Prince Abubakar Audu, has denied speculations that he has dumped his party – All Progressives Congress (APC) – for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Audu, who made the clarification in a chat with The Nation, blamed those he called ‘political idlers’ for spreading the rumor of his defection to PDP.
The rumor mills became agog with news of the APC chieftain’s defection when he was sighted standing beside the incumbent governor, Cpt. Idris Wada of PDP, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kogi Unity House in Abuja.
However, dismissing the claims, the ex-governor said he was not in the mould of “bread and butter politicians”, who cross-carpet from one party to the other, stressing that he has been friends with the incumbent governor for about 40 years and will not shy away from associating with the common interest of Kogi people.
He said: “I remain in APC, I have been a friend to Governor Wada for about 40 years and when a party has won in an election I will not say I no longer belong in the state, all that is for political jobbers and idlers who have nothing to offer.
“When a party wins in an election, it is incumbent on all to join hands and move the state forward. Do you see that, in say America that when an incumbent wins in an election, all other opposition should deny them?”
Asked about his seeming endorsement of Gov. Wada and implication of hobnobbing with an opposition governor, Audu called for discernment, saying he was not one to jump from one political party to another.
He said, “I am one politician that has never left my party for another. Governor Wada came to visit me and nobody said he dumped PDP and I wonder where all these came from. I remain in APC and nothing can change that”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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