Mass defection is looming in the camp of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s loss at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday.
The tribunal verdict has sent shivers down the spines of many PDP members who are planning to dump their party and move in droves to the camp of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)
This has forced some members of Board of Trustees of the PDP to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to engage in a ‘‘strategic consultation’’ with Atiku.
The meeting became imperative because of the perceived internal wrangling among senior members of the party.
Another issue causing disaffection among the PDP leaders is the allegation made by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that some governors of the party were visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at night
Wike also alleged that members of the committee set up by the BoT to investigate the emergence of Ndudi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives were corrupt.
Wike had gone ahead to congratulate Buhari while the PDP and Atiku rejected the tribunal’s judgment and had signified their intention to approach the apex court.
The News Track gathered that some members of the party had been strategising on how to defect from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The Chairman, PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, confirmed the trip to one of our correspondents in a telephone interview.
Walid said, “Yes. The PDP BoT members will travel on Saturday to Dubai to see our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar as part of our strategic consultation. The consultation is going to be nation-wide. He is the first person we will meet for the consultation.”