Speaking on the development, the Bauchi State PDP Publicity Secretary, Yayanuwa Zainabari, said the actions of the former governor since his arrival in the country were sinister but declined to say whether Mu’azu had dumped them or not.
“He has not participated in any PDP activity since he came back. And after his daughter’s wedding, we know that he had a closed door meeting with the vice president.
“Our belief was that even his coming back from the country was because he was given clearance by the presidency to come back after the long absence. We are not surprised by the actions of Mu’azu, Gamawa, Kaulaha and others because of the threat of prosecution they are facing from the APC government,” he said.
Zainabari said they also know that Mu’azu’s former deputy, Abdulmalik Mahmoud, was also planning to defect to the APC soon.
Also, PDP leaders in Bauchi said they were aware of the antics of Gamawa long before his suspension.
The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam, said Gamawa had been undermining the progress of the party for a long time.
“The likes of Gamawa cannot survive being in the opposition, hence his move to the ruling party,” Akuyam said.
The PDP National Chairman and Publicity Secretary, Prince Uche Secondus and Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan could not be reached at the time of filing this report. The party’s Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT), Sen. Walid Jibrin, however, did not respond to calls from Daily Trust.
But a member of the PDP BoT, Chief Sam Nkire, who spoke to our correspondent last night, said the exit of the PDP former national chairman and others would be not be a threat to PDP ahead of the general elections.
“We are not worried because this movement is not one way. People from the APC are also moving to the PDP and this is the period to experience such movements. But I don’t believe that will affect our chances of winning the presidency and other elections,” he said.
“Those leaving are not leaving with the party’s structure or its fortunes. So we hope to win the elections across board and reclaim power at the centre,” he added.