Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has denied allegations that he had been lobbying the presidency to return to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the party’s gubernatorial ticket.
The governor described the allegation as the mischievous machination of people “devoid of any modicum of dignity but only out to rehabilitate their dwindling political relevance”.
This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba.
There were speculations that the governor was lobbying to return to the PDP following his defection from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in support of his political godfather and predecessor in office, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The statement added that “Contrary to the report that Governor Ahmed was at the Presidential Villa on August 6, 2014, where he sought audience with President Goodluck Jonathan for a possible return to the PDP, he was in Ilorin attending to serious state matters”.
It said the intention of those peddling the rumour is to cause disaffection within the APC family in Kwara State, adding that they feel threatened by the increasing popularity of the party in the state.