Less than 2 days after he was suspended by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the deputy national chairman (north) of the opposition organisation, Babayo Gamawa, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and visited President Muhammadu Buhari.
Femi Adesina, the spokesperson of the president, confirmed this in captions accompanied displayed photographs of Babayo with Buhari in the evening of Tuesday, January 8.
At the moment we are yet to get a full report on the details of the visit.
President Buhari with the suspended deputy national chairman and the governor of Bauchi at the State House Credit: Femi Adesina
“President Buhari receives in audience new entrant into APC former deputy national chairman of PDP Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa and Hon Kaulaha Aliyu alongside Bauchi state governor in State House on 8th Jan 2019,”the caption simply said.
The report said Babayo was suspended over alleged involvement in anti-party activities, according to the PDP.
His suspension was confirmed by the PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement that the decision was reached at the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) extra-ordinary meeting held on January, 5, 2019.
The BMO was reacting to Buhari’s recent meeting with Ogun state gubernatorial candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade alongside Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Amosun is backing the APM candidate against the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, prompting some supporters of the party to accuse Buhari of endorsing the governor’s anti-party activities.