The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), appears to have woken up to the realities of politicking as the party has resolved to put up a hard fight with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), following the impeachment last week of Murtala Nyako and the ongoing move to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
A credible source said leaders of the party have decided on a three-way approach towards staving off impeachment against their governors. The three approaches include employing public sympathy against impeachment moves on its governors especially Governor Al-Makura; embarking on lobbying of principal PDP stakeholders as well mobilization of media opinion against the planned impeachment.
It was gathered that the APC blamed the success of the impeachment plot in Adamawa State on Governor Nyako who was said to have failed to employ any of the stated measures. Beyond the approach however, a source said the party has resolved to direct it’s governors to also target PDP interests.
“The PDP is vulnerable in some states. They are vulnerable in Sokoto, where the deputy governor, Mukhtar Shagari is hanging on just by the goodwill of APC lawmakers despite the defection of Governor Aliyu Wamakko and majority of House of Assembly members to APC. We also have the situation in Ekiti, where we have 24 members in the House of Assembly compared to one member of the PDP. If they continue to impeach our governors, Ayo Fayose will not last one day in Ekiti,” said the source. Even in Osun state, the case isn’t different as a PDP governor would be given the impeachment treatment, should the party win in the August 9th election.
It was gathered that the leadership of the APC has, in the wake of the defection of five PDP governors to its fold in November 2013, asked its governors to firm up control of their states ahead of the succession battles, while ensuring that any deputy governor that refuses to join his governor in the defection train should be removed.