Former PDP governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) allegedly paid the All Progressives Congress (APC) N100m before they were accepted into the fold.
The governors defected from the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014 as the country geared up for the 2015 general elections.
The allegation was made by a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa.
The payment was made to the national secretariat of the party to buy automatic leadership roles in the APC in their respective states, he told Sunday Punch.
The former governor said, “After the party was successfully registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, we heard that five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party were leaving their party to join the APC.
“The affected governors did not get in touch with the stakeholders of the party in their respective states but decided to meet directly with the national leadership of the party.
“Our party leadership told us (at a meeting) that they (the governors) were ready to make their own financial contributions for the takeoff of the party. I was shocked to hear that while we were working hard for greater change, other members of the PDP were coming to join us.
“Unfortunately, what we saw was that the pillars of the PDP – because the governors are pillars of any party – were coming to give their financial contributions of N100, 000,000 (One hundred million) each.
“I was there, (at the meeting). Instantly, I said well, I am not a governor of my state, but I am willing and ready to give my personal N100, 000,000 (One hundred million) to safeguard my state from the PDP (invasion).
“Unfortunately, they (party leaders) decided (in favour of the governors) and they had their way. Hence, all the PDP governors, who defected to the APC then, automatically became the leaders of the party in their states.
“I was told to hand over the party (structure) to my governor, who was a member of the PDP. Some of us, who felt it would be an insult to us to remain in the party, decided to leave.”
His allegations have since been denied by some of the named former governors.
Dr Muyideen Akorede, the spokesperson for Ahmed, described the claim as “false and lacking in substance”.