by Deji Abiodun
President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has hinted that his government would have no place for defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
General Buhari, who said members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) had nothing to fear over the mass defection of PDP members to the party, gave the hint in an interview in his Daura residence on Saturday.
According to him, there was nothing to fear.
“I have no fears of PDP defectors,” he said, adding that the PDP chieftains would have very little influence in the APC government.
APC, he declared, had all the capacity to manage the large numbers of PDP defectors.
“The people who are defecting will only have influence in their constituencies. Since their constituencies are now controlled by the APC, their influence is, therefore, limited,” he said.
He, however, added that he was hopeful the defectors would be realistic about their position in their new party.
“I hope the people that are defecting will accept the fact that they are joining the people who succeeded. So, I don’t think they will just come and say they want to be ministers next month, simply because they were ministers before,” he said.
Though the president-elect said only the party could handle the issue of defections, he said the PDP bigwigs would be wise enough not to seek for positions in the new government.