Former minister Sambawa, supporters decamp to APC in Kebbi

Former minister Sambawa, supporters decamp to APC in Kebbi

- A former minister of sports, Samaila Sambawa, hails the quality of leadership offered by President Muhammad Buhari

- He says he decided to join the APC to contribute meaningfully to the general well being and prosperity of the people of Kebbi state

- Lamido receives 5000 defectors to PDP in Jigawa, vows to defeat PMB in 2019

A former minister of sports and chieftain of People Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Samaila Sambawa, and his supporters have decamped to the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC).

Sambawa, who served as a minister of internal affairs, foreign, sports and youths development under PDP administration, formally dumped his party and joined APC on Sunday, February 18, at the Halidu Stadium, Birnin-Kebbi, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Addressing his supporters, Sambawa said that he decided to join the ruling party due to the quality leadership offered by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi.

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“You will all agree with me that relative peace, security of lives and property being witness across the country resulted from concerted efforts, determination and personal committed of Mr. President.

"We also bear witness to the tremendous agricultural revival programme carried out by the Federal Government under the famous Anchor Borrowers programme that has gone a long way in redirecting the diversification policy of the government towards mass rice production to enable us attain food sufficiency, economic growth and sustainable empowerment of our people.”

He added that he and his supporters were proud of the leadership style of Bagudu.

"Another interesting dimension provided to the quest for good governance drive in Kebbi state is translated in the ability of the state government to facilitate 24 hour electricity supply across the state, massive investment in education, rural development, health care delivery and youth empowerment.”

He stated the he decided to join the ruling party to contribute meaningfully to the general well-being and prosperity of the people of the state.

The state’s APC chairman Attahiru Maccido while welcoming the new members said Sambawa defected with over 100,000 supporters and assured them of equal treatment with older party members.

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The governor, who welcomed the ex-minister and his supporters described the defection as a welcome development.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant while receiving over 5,000 members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who decamped to PDP has vowed to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 general election if he gets the presidential ticket of his party.

The ex-governor said this yesterday, February 17, at a political rally while commissioning his campaign office in his home local government Birninkudu of the state.

Describing his ambition as a miracle, Lamido dared anyone in power from the president downward to attempt at preventing the will of God, Independent reports.

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