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Prominent politicians across Nigeria are joining ACN -Bugaje

Several prominent politicians across the country are considering defecting to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the National Secretary of the party, Dr Usman Bugaje told Sunday Trust yesterday. He said that the opposition party is cashing on the internal party wranglings in the other parties to woo their disgruntled members to its fold.

Some of the leading politicians considering defecting to ACN, according to Bugaje, are the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Adamu Aliero, former governors of Kaduna, Yobe, Taraba and Imo States, Alhaji Muhammed Ahmed Makarfi, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Reverend Jolly Nyame and Achikwe Udenwa.

Other prominent political figures that are likely to cross carpet to the party are the former managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Bello Gwandu, immediate past deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Mr Peremobowei Ebebi; former Secretary to Delta State Government under the leadership of Chief James Ibori, Mr Omo Agege and a leading politician in Zamfara State, Alhaji Maibuhu Gummi.

Others are Senators Joel Danlami Ikenya, representing Taraba South and Ifeanyi Ararume from Imo. Bugaje said that the party, which is carrying out a mass nationwide registration exercise, is consolidating its hold in various states of the federation.  But the spokesperson of Senator Aliero, Alhaji Abdullahi Zuru told Sunday Trust last night that he wasn’t aware of Aliero’s speculated defection to ACN. “Aliero is still in the PDP,” Zuru said.

Bugaje confirmed also that he is under intense pressure to join the presidential race under the platform of his party. “I am still consulting over the pressure mounting on me to join the presidential race,” he said. He said that the doors of ACN are opened to all politicians aspiring to be president of this country, as the party won’t foreclose presidential hopefuls from declaring their interests under the party’s platform.

On the on-going talks between the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) and the ACN, Bugaje said that “whenever the talks between ACN and CPC work out there would always be provisions for making necessary adjustments.”

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