Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido attends the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) convention held in Abuja in January 13, 2011. Governor Sule Lamido , one of the rebellious powerful state governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party refuted his cross-carpeting to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) following unresolved differences with the hierarchy of the party on December 26. Nigeria’s ruling party said that it was unfazed by the defection of powerful state governors to the main opposition, despite it tipping the balance of power in the run-up to elections in 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

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