- Donald Duke says he is moving to the Social Democratic Party (PDP) from the PDP
- Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, argues that the PDP is no longer what it used to be
- He is believed to be planning to contest for the presidency through the platform of the SDP
Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state, on Tuesday, September 4, said he had dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and had pitched tents with the Social Democratic Party (SDP) under which he hopes to actualise his presidential aspiration.
Premium Times reports that Duke, who governed Cross River for eight years, was expected to contest for presidency on the platform of the PDP.
The report said Duke announced his decision to quit the PDP at the national secretariat of the SDP in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 4.
He was received by the national secretary of the SDP, Shehu Gabam, the publicity secretary, Alfa Mohammed, and other top party members.
Duke reportedly said he dumped the PDP after about 20 years because it had derailed and lost its values.
He said the PDP was not the same party he joined back then.
Legit.ng earlier reported that eighteen out of the 30 members of the Sokoto state House of Assembly on Wednesday, August 1, defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the speaker, Salihu Maidaji, who was among the 18 defecting members, made the announcement at the Assembly plenary on Wednesday.
Maidaji said: “We the undersigned 18 members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly belong and identify with the faction of the APC led by one of its founders, Buba Galadima.
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“We are aware that all efforts to bring sanity into the APC and unite the different groups, camps and faction have proved abortive."
Legit.ng also reported that the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Iyiola Oyedepo, insisted he can never work with Senate president Bukola Saraki and has announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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