The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle is set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress.
Matawalle who became the governor of the state following the judgement of the Supreme Court against APC in 2019, has dissolved the state executive council ahead of the defection.
Sources that spoke on the development noted that Matawalle has perfected plans to dump PDP, however, there is anxiety in the camp of the APC leader in the state, Abdulaziz Yari.
If Matawalle joins the ruling party, he would become the third governor to dump the PDP for the APC since President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term.
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi was the first to dump PDP, followed by the Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, who recently left the party.
The Zamfara State chapter of the APC having settled the differences between Senator Kabir Garba Marafa and the former state Governor’s camp and working effortlessly to win the state in the forthcoming election.
Recently, a delegation of APC governors led by the party’s caretaker committee Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, visited Matawalle at Government House, Gusau.
Following the meeting, a closed-door meeting was held with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami in attendance.
A top ally of the governor noted that the governor had separately met with members of the state House of Assembly and those of the National Assembly from the state about his planned defection.
“I’m not sure about the date but what I can assure you is that all is set for the defection. He recently met with members of the National Assembly from the state and he has done same with members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly,” he said, pleading not to be named.
One of the sacked commissioners, while confirming the planned defection said the dissolution of the cabinet was part of the arrangements for the defection.
“The governor does not want a repeat of the Cross River State scenario, whereby after the governor decamped to APC, some of the commissioners refused to follow him. His excellency is going to join the ruling.”