By Uzo Kingsley
A former governor of Plateau state in Nigeria’s northcentral, Ambassador Fidelis Tapgun, has said it is forbidden for him to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tapgun stated this while debunking the rumor making the rounds that he is among the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), members who will be officially defecting to the APC on Friday 4th January, 2019.
It would be recalled that the APC had on Monday in a press briefing said the Party will be receiving some defectors from the PDP, an event scheduled to hold on Friday with the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, coming to Jos, the state capital, to receive the decampees.
Tapgun said, “God forbid bad thing, I can never join APC”.
Tapgun who is also a former Minister of Commerce and Industry, under former President Olusegun Obasanjo also denied knowledge of any one in the state PDP who is actually contemplating defection into APC, saying it is even strange that some people have gone to the laughable extent of mentioning him as one of those to be received into the ruling party on Friday.
“It is unthinkable, unimaginable, and even funny that anyone who knows me and the history of the PDP will link me with such an absurd decision and action, even now that it is very clear that the People’s Democratic Party will win the forthcoming Presidential election”, he said.
The PDP stalwart has accordingly called on his supporters and the PDP community nationwide to disregard the report and dismiss same as part of the mischievous wishes of the APC already overwhelmed by the nausea of popular electoral rejection.
He also called on Nigerians to continue to rally round and pitch tent with the party, noting that the Atiku/Obi presidency come May 29, 2019, is a date with Nigeria’s destiny with prosperity and growth.