Gen. Muhammudu Buhari, the president-elect has assured the All Progressives Congress, APC that they have nothing to fear over mass defection of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP members to the party.
“I have no fears of PDP defectors,” he said in an interview in his Daura residence on Saturday.
Buhari according to the Daily Trust said the PDP chieftains will have very little influence in the APC government. He said APC has all the capacity to manage the large numbers of PDP defectors.
“The people who are defecting will only have influence in their constituencies. Since their constituencies are now controlled by the APC their influence is therefore limited,” he said.
Though the president-elect said only the party can handle the issue of defections, he said the PDP bigwigs will be wise enough not to jostle for positions in the new government.
“I hope the people that are defecting will accept the fact that they are joining the people who succeeded. So, I don’t think they will just come and say they want to be ministers next month simply because they were ministers before,” he said.
There has been a huge number of PDP supporters defecting to the APC over the past three months. The mass defections has raised the question of if the defection is a good omen or decline of democracy in Nigeria.
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