Political gladiators are already strategizing and warming up for 2019 general elections which still two years away.
The political parties are making subtle moves to woo more members from rival parties to their camp.
Report has it that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is making serious efforts to woo governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-east and South-south regions ahead of the 2019 elections.
Following the lingering crisis in the PDP and other parties like the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), these governors may decide to dump their parties for the APC.
Below are five governors who are being wooed and may likely defect to the APC.
1. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state
Anambra has been in the hands of APGA. Obiano won the 2014 election on the platform of APGA and was sworn in on March 17, 2014, to succeed Peter Obi. Report has it that he is under pressure to defect ahead of the governorship election in the state which comes up next year.
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2. Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state
The lobbyist are not sparing Umahi who was elected as governor in April 2015. The election was challenged by the Labour Party, APC and APGA. His election was upheld by the governorship election tribunal in October 2015.
However, Umahi’s chief press secretary, Emma Anya, has insisted that his governor would remain in the PDP as the party remains the party to beat in Ebonyi state.
3. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state
Okezie was elected as governor on the platform of the PDP in 2015. Months back, the APC had urged Ikpeazu, to brace up for its imminent takeover of the Government House in 2019.
4. Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers state
Ayade won the 2015 governorship election in his state under the platform of the PDP. There have been speculation that the governor may defect to the APC but Ayade has stated several times that he remains in PDP.
5. Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state
He was sworn in on May 29 as the governor of the state. He won the election under the platform of the PDP. Despite speculation that Udom might defect, his chief press secretary, Ekerete Udoh, has said the governor is totally committed to the ideals and principles of the PDP and would not leave the party for another.
In the days ahead nobody can predict the move of these governors. Nigerian politicians cannot be trusted when it comes to being faithful to their political parties.
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