President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, June 05, 2014 stated that the defection of some state governors from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition APC is not a threat to the party. He made this charge at the 65th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party held at the party secretariat in Abuja.
The five governors who defected from the party are; Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Ahmed and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).
The President said that from a privileged position that their absence was not noticed as he advocates for convening of national and zonal unity rallies to demonstrate the strength of the party as it still hold dominance in the political structure .
He said the absence of the defected governors was not felt due to the commitments of the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Fourm (NGF), Jonah Jang and the Chairman PDP Governors forum , Godswill Akpabio.
”We have to encourage them. We have to commend them. They are working and defending the party as if we have 36 governors and we believe they will carry on with that spirit especially in this injury time,”
In attendance was the Vice-President Namadi Sambo, the Senate President David Mark, national chairman of the party and other members of the committee.
The committee also unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the President as the eulogized his approach on combating the insurgency in some parts of the country