Femi Adesina, presidential spokesperson, has boasted that more governors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), when President Muhammadu Buhari unveils massive infrastructure in 2022.
Adesina said this in an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday, while reacting to the claim by PDP governors that Aso Rock has become a place where some “coerced PDP members are paraded at intervals.”
The PDP governors added that the presidency is using “underhand tactics to arm-twist” its governors.
But the presidential aide said the opposition is complaining because it is losing grounds and its ranks are depleting.
He said there will be more depletions and confusion in the ranks of the PDP ahead of the 2023 elections.
Adesina argued that during the PDP administration at the federal level, the party conducted some of its meetings at the presidential villa.
“Between now and 2023, there would be more confusion in their ranks and there would be more depletions in their ranks, so that is why they say anything”, he said.
“However, anything illogical, and inconsequential they say. We were in this country when President Obasanjo was in power and the BOT meeting of the PDP used to hold at the presidential villa.
“We were here when President Yar’adua, when President Jonathan was there, they held meetings at the presidential villa. What are they talking about really?
“When APC dwindles from 24 governors to 19, do you hear a whimper from PDP one day rejoicing? It is all because they are losing ground that they are saying all these things. It is the way of politics”.
The presidential spokesperson noted that the massive infrastructure will make PDP governors see that they have been “backing the wrong horse”.
“Because 2022 particularly, will be the year of unveiling of massive infrastructure in this country. When I say massive, I mean massive,” he added.
“2022 is the year the president will likely unfold the second Niger bridge that the PDP built with mouth for 16 years. You see the Lagos-Ibadan expressway commission, You will see Abuja-Kano done to a large extent if not fully done.
“A lot of PDP governors will say, yes, we are backing the wrong horse, we are coming to APC. That is what will happen in 2022, particularly.”
The PDP has lost three governors; Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Bello Matawalle of Zamafara State to the APC between November 2020 and July 2021.