What first began as a mere rumour concerning the intention of the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Metawalle to berth in the APC has assumed a ring of truth.

It is now official. Thanks to the PDP which is threatening to crush the impending rebellion against it by Metawalle and his associates with a sledgehammer.

Although Metawalle has of late kept mum over his alleged move, the PDP has in a swift reaction comfirmed the bid.

PDP Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, warned Monday that the Zamfara Governor risks losing his seat if he ever crosses over to the rival APC.

The party also issued a similar threat to lawmakers even as it took precautionary steps to dissolve its structures in the gold – rich State.

The panic reaction of the PDP is coming against the background of a meeting of leaders of the APC in Kaduna.

The meeting attended by former governors and major stakeholders said Bello was welcome to join its swelling ranks.

Ex Governor Yari who is the leader of the APC in Zamfara disclosed the intention of the incumbent Governor to join forces with the party.

Several months ago, the Port Harcourt Telegraph had revealed when the issue of the defection of the Governor was not in the public domain that four Governors elected on the platform of the PDP would dump the party.

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That revelation came in the wake of the face-off between Governors of the South South and their Zamfara State colleague over an alleged concession extended by the Federal Government, authorizing that State to mine gold.

Matewalle had vigorously denied the allegation and expressed dissatisfaction over the decision of Governors elected on the same platform to target his State.

Since that Telegraph report which acknowledged that four Governors would leave the PDP, the party has systematically lost some of its state governors.

They include Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State and now Bello Metawalle of Zamfara.

There have been speculations that the Abia State Governor may join the bandwagon. Similarly, there are fears within the PDP that the Bauchi State Governor may be preparing to pack his bags.

So far, Governor Nyesom Wike’s alleged secret ambition to jump ship has been frustrated by powerful forces within the APC who may be uncomfortable with his style.

Many suspect Governor Wike may have flagged off campaigns under the cover of projects commissioning, using television stations and state funds apparently committed to the purchase of live coverages on a daily basis to achieve his aim and spread propaganda against the APC.

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In what is seen as part of the build up to his plan to dump the PDP, Metawalle had sacked the entire membership of the State executive council.

While there were imputations in some quarters that the action was taken to frustrate members of the cabinet who are no mood to join the defection train, Metawalle said the move was intended to inject fresh blood into the system.

With the PDP threatening to descend  on those who are poised to decamp, it may have to deal with the reality on ground.

There is no doubt that the PDP has been embroiled in crisis, with some members of the party, including Governor Wike scheming to remove  Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party from office.

The country’s constitution allows members of the party to leave freely where trouble exists.

It is clear from events that the PDP may have shot itself on the foot, following the growing ambition of some of its top guns to seize control of its structures ahead of 2023

While concern continues to mount within the ranks of the PDP, APC leaders are smiling to the bank. For the APC, it is a season of the harvest.

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Given what is happening, the scale is gradually tilting against the PDP as states controlled by it fall one by one to the control of the APC.

Governor Bunni, APC’s Caretaker Committee Chairman at the national level is credited with the wind of change which has left the PDP paralyzed.

In Delta State, a serving Senator, Senator Nwaoboshi defected to the APC recently, raising fears that a wave of defections might hit the South South.

Prince Afegbua, a former State Commissioner who hails from Edo has been urging action against Secondus, saying he lacks the acumen to guide the PDP out of troubled waters.

Last Sunday, Afegbua repeated his call for the sack of Uche Secondus. In the meantime, the PDP reels in the wind, hit by an avalanche of crisis that appears self inflicted.