Decampee Won’t Be Made Minister, Buhari Warns


…I don’t think that’s right, he says.

Muhammadu Buhari

Nuel Suji

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the chances of politicians defecting from their parties to the All Progressive Congress (APC), becoming minister in his yet to be formed cabinet, warning that it would not happened.

Even as the National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), on Saturday frowned at wave of defections by politicians, saying the development is not healthy for the country.

There has been a wave of defections especially from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC in many states of the federation following the victory of the APC in the March 28 presidential elections.

Buhari, who addressed journalists shortly after casting his vote in the governorship and State Assembly elections at his Daura hometown in Kastina, said it would not be good for those leaving their parties after losing in the March 28 elections to think that they would be made minister.

“I don’t think it is right. Even the people in their constituency would not be happy with that,” he said, while responding to question.

The President-elect expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the elections.

He assured that his administration will work towards the speedy development of the country, saying higher percentage of national budget would be devoted to capital expenditure.

Meanwhile, Oyegun, who spoke to journalists in Benin shortly after casting his vote, advised those defecting to the winning party to instead organise themselves into a formidable opposition, adding that doing so would help 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.” Mr. Oyegun said.

Oyegun, who expressed confidence that his party will emerge victorious described the election as the most decent, orderly and peaceful ever conducted in the state.