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Newcomers in APC must wait –Buhari

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uche Okobi Correspondent, Lagos

As members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continue to defect in droves to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has warned that those former PDP members should not think they will get any appointment immediately on a platter of gold.

He gave an implicit caveat to these politicians defecting to the APC, saying they would have to wait for a while before they get any appointment, if that was their motive for joining his party.

Buhari made this declaration on Saturday shortly after voting in the governorship and House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

While addressing journalists, he stated that the defectors coming to the APC should realise that it would be unfair to give them appointments over those in the party who have worked long and hard for its success.

His stand may come as a big disappointment to many politicians seeking appointments, patronage and political relevance by dumping their former parties for the APC.

According to Buhari, giving political positions to those who recently joined the party, because it won the presidential election, would be unfair even to the people that these defectors represent, and to those who have been toiling with the APC.

Since the victory the APC in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections, a lot of politicians and their supporters have defected from other parties to the APC.

In a similar vein, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Oyegun, also said on Saturday that the gale of defections by politicians was not good for the nation’s political development.

Oyegun, who spoke to newsmen in Benin shortly after casting his vote, advised those defecting to the winning party to rather form a formidable opposition to enrich the nation’s democracy.

“Many opposition party members have defected to APC just because they lost out, that is not good for political development.

“One would have advised that opposition members should stay where they are, and form a formidable opposition party.” Oyegun said.

He described the governorship and house of assembly elections as “the most decent, orderly and peaceful’” ever conducted in Edo.

Meanwhile, the APC national chairman won the election in his polling unit, Oredo East, ward 2, unit 1 polling unit, for the first time since 1991 when he was elected governor.