Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State and the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Convention Committee has dismissed growing speculations that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, were on their way out of the party.
The rumour mill had been awash with reports that Saraki and Tambuwal were among top politicians negotiating to join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other emerging political platform ahead of next year’s general elections.
But Badaru, after emerging from a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, at the Presidential Villa on Monday, told State House correspondents that the APC remained united.
The governor said that “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.”
“No I don’t think so and I have not heard that rumours and I don’t think there is such negotiation going on. It is not true that Tambuwal and Saraki are negotiating with the PDP; we have not heard of that. A few weeks back, there was rumour about the governor of Benue (Governor Samuel Ortom) 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 stated.
On the political unrest in Jigawa State at the weekend during an APC rally, he said that it was not crisis, but political shunting by different supporters of the aspirants.
According to him, “Political unrest, no it is not true. It is normal political shunting. It was a shunting between groups which are contesting the same position and people passing by.”