Speaking to State House correspondents, Gamawa, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday night, said his defection had nothing to do with his suspension and that the PDP would regret suspending him.
“I have been saying it, as a politician, I play my politics not blindly. Whenever a thing goes right or wrong I will say it the way it is. As journalists, you are aware of what PDP did today – just because of an allegation they said they have suspended me.
“I want to call on them to check their secretariat. If they are in politics they should know what is happening on daily basis at the secretariat, what comes in and what goes out.
“They should check their mails and they will know the position of Sen. Babayo Gamawa before their action. I have no regret for defecting from the PDP and they (PDP) would regret their action, by God’s grace,” Gamawa said.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had in a statement on Monday night said that the decision to suspend Gamawa was reached at the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) extra-ordinary meeting held on the 5th of January, 2019.
The party said the meeting, among other things, critically reviewed a petition against Babayo and found him wanting, adding “The NWC found merit in the petition on allegation of dereliction of duty and anti-party activity as contained in Section 58 (1) e, f, g, h of the PDP Constitution.”
On his part, Kaulaha said he defected as a matter of principle adding that he was endeared to APC because of the performance, integrity and honesty of President Buhari.
Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar, who led them to the Villa, expressed happiness with the development, saying “with these two gentlemen, I can go to sleep with my two eyes closed, so to speak.”
In November 2018, a former governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, also joined the APC having dumped the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) which joined after leaving the PDP.
With the latest defection of Gamawa, Kaulaha and other PDP chieftains in Bauchi the APC is said to be consolidating its strength. Gamawa and Kaulaha are from the Northern senatorial district which comprises Katagum, Jama’are, Gamawa, Itas/Gadau. It is an area which is always a factor in Bauchi politics.