Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has said no governor will defect from the party again.
This came as former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, said in a few days, it would be clear who was in control of the state, in apparent response to the defection of his successor, Aminu Tambuwal, to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday.
Okorocha, who gave the assurance at the end of a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and APC governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Wednesday night, told State House correspondents that the meeting deliberated on the defections of two of their colleagues.
“Two of our colleagues left our party, this is politics. It is unfortunate that they have to go. We have 22 states, 53 senators now. Nobody is leaving the party anymore. Those who have left, we were aware that they will leave long ago.
“President Buhari means well and he is willing to fight corruption and you all know if you are fighting corruption, it will fight back. This is what’s happening,’’ the governor said.
National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the governors were on a solidarity visit to President Buhari.
The governors who attended the meeting included Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; Jubril Bindow of Adamawa, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo.
Also at the meeting were Governors Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Sani Bello of Niger.
Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Osun deputy governor, Grace Laoye-Tomori, were also in attendance.
Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who is the current chairman of the Governors’ Forum, as well as governors of Bauchi and Yobe states were absent at the meeting.