Muhammad Gusau, deputy governor of Zamfara State, has refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after his principal, governor Bello Matawalle, joined the ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Matawalle, who officially joined the APC on Tuesday, was welcomed to the party in a grand event which held in Gusau, the state capital.
However, in a press briefing also on Tuesday, Gusau pledged his loyalty to the PDP, saying that his decision was based on counsel from his family and associates.
He recalled the legal tussle that gave him and Matawalle the mandate to lead the state.
“After due consultation with my family, friends, and supporters, especially members of my party, the PDP, I have decided to remain in my political party, the PDP”, he said.
Although he claimed that the governor did not consult him before his defection to the APC, Gusau promised to work with his principal in addressing the numerous challenges facing the state.
“At no time have I been informed or consulted of any planned defection neither by my boss, the party nor anyone else for that matter,” he explained.
“I have also not been invited either in my official or personal capacity for any planned defection.”
Matawalle is the latest high profile member and incumbent governor to decamp to the APC.
His defection comes less than two months after his Cross River State counterpart, Ben Ayade, left the PDP for APC.
Four other lawmakers comprising two members of the house of representatives and two senator also joined the APC this week.