No automatic appointment in government to PDP defectors – Buhari


President-elect, , has hinted that his
government would have no place for defectors from the Peoples Democratic
Party ().

General Buhari, who said members of his All Progressives Congress
() had nothing to fear over the mass defection of PDP members to the
party, gave the hint in an interview in his Daura residence on Saturday.Addressing newsmen after casting his vote at his polling unit in
Daura Katsina state yesterday April 11th, President-elect Gen Buhari is quoted as saying by Tribune that PDP defectors should not expect automatic
appointment as ministers in his government.
According to him, there was nothing to fear.
“I have no fears of PDP defectors,” he said, adding that the PDP
chieftains would have very little influence in the APC government.
 APC, he declared, had all the capacity to manage the large numbers of PDP defectors.
“The people who are defecting will only have influence in their
constituencies. Since their constituencies are now controlled by the
APC, their influence is, therefore, limited,” he said.
He, however, added that he was hopeful the defectors would be realistic about their position in their new party.
“I hope the people that are defecting will accept the fact that they
are joining the people who succeeded. So, I don’t think they will just
come and say they want to be ministers next month, simply because they
were ministers before,” he said.
Though the president-elect said only the party could handle the issue
of defections, he said the PDP bigwigs would be wise enough not to seek
for positions in the new government.

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