There is tension in the camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi State, over an alleged move by the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, to decamp to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Chief Achuba who was allegedly sidelined by Governor Yahaya Bello, was said to have dumped the APC for PDP, without stating any reason.
His alleged decamping was allegedly aired in one of the radio stations, in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
Sources close to the seat of power, however, disclosed that the visit of the Deputy Governor to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in Abuja, last week, was giving the State Government serious concern.
According to the source, the Chief of Staff to the State Government felt bad, as they perceived the visit to the Senate President, as a betrayal of trust.
It was further gathered that the unsigned statement of the decamping, was allegedly forwarded to the radio station from one of the Governor’s Aides, without the knowledge of the Deputy Governor.
Chief Achuba who hails from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State, was a two-term member of the State House of Assembly, from 1999 to 2007, and was elected as Deputy Speaker, during his second tenure.
However, in a swift reaction, the Deputy Governor stated that he is still in the APC, and that if there was any reason to dump the APC, it will not be through the back door.
Achuba who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Akor Sylvester, said: “The Office of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, has been drawn to a certain rumour and misrepresentation in a section of the Media, to the effect that the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
He noted that it was not true, adding that, considering the implications of such innuendos: “We are constrained to categorically state that there is no iota of truth in the story making the rounds.
“The purported report is therefore, nothing but a poorly concocted piece of a malicious hatchet job, and a pack of lies, and should be appropriately ignored”, he said.