PDP Governor Praises Umahi for Joining APC, Says More Will Defect If…

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The Peoples Democratic Party has been warned that risks losing many more governors if affairs of the party are not conducted differently.

One of the party’s Governors, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State said this while praising the boldness of Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi for defecting to the All Progressives Congress.

According to Matawalle, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is becoming hostile for its members. He lamented over his recent experience with his governor colleagues the region of the country.

Mr Matawalle, who made the lamentation in a statement on Friday by his aide, Zailani Bappa, commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State “for his bold decision” to leave the party.

According to the governor, the extent of bad blood in the PDP is partly responsible for Mr Umahi’s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying “everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable”.

He said: “If this trend of generating bad blood amongst continues unabated, our great party will increasingly be on the receiving end as we move towards the year, 2023.”

Speaking , Mr Matawalle said: “I am having a very bad experience of recent some of my PDP governor colleagues which I still find very puzzling.

“For instance, the governors [who had been] accusing me in the are PDP Governors.

“They are also the same who brewed controversy over the so-called Zamfara gold, [which was] premised on deliberate misinformation and outright lies.

“Surprisingly, is the APC Federal Government which has all the correct records on the gold mining issue that came out to defend me in this saga.

“As PDP colleagues, I expected the governors to contact me first and find out my own side of the story before unleashing their venom in the ,” Mr Matawalle posited.

“As the brouhaha lasted, I commended for being supportive of our efforts to organise the economic sector in the state to avoid using the mineral deposits to promote insecurity in our dear state”

“Today, the Federal Government is issuing licences to deserving to operate in the mining sector in the state. The biggest with an investment of billions of naira is owned by a Nigerian .

“And I wonder where the idea of Zamfara state owning the gold mines emanated from. As at , the does not have a hand in any of the mining activity in the state because the constitution does not empower to do so,” Mr Matawalle noted.

The governor, therefore, called on the governors “to eschew intellectual idleness and its to operate modular refineries as provided by the and lift their out of fear rather than sit behind and start chasing shadows rather than substance.”