It was a loss for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto state on Thursday, December 27, as a former aide to Governor Aminu Tambuwal reportedly left and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) with at least 50,000 others.
Daily Sun reports that those who defected to the APC also included a former chairman of Silame local government, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Umar Dantama, a former State House of Assembly aspirants of the party in 2015, as well as several other officials.
The report said the APC leader in the state, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who represents Sokoto North at the National Assembly, welcomed the defectors and promised that they would be treated fairly.
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Wamakko further hinted that more bigwigs of the PDP had since decamped to the APC, explaining that they would soon be officially received into the fold of the party.
“No amount of intimidation would deter the people of the state from massively loving and supporting the party and all its candidates at all levels.
“More ever, in a matter of weeks , the APC will take over the state, while President Muhammadu Buhari including all the party’s candidates, at all levels, would be massively voted by Nigerians,” he said while adding that President Muhammadu Buhari “he will soon visit the state, with a view to extend same to the people of the state.”
A former governor of the state and APC gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, also said: “All the PDP members who initially went astray had now came back to the right path.”
While congratulating the defectors for joining the APC, he assured them of equal treatment.
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The report added that the spokespersons of the defectors, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Umar Dantama and Hon Murtala Hassan, explained that their defection to the APC is because of the justice and fairness that abound in the party.
Legit.ng earlier reported recently that defections hit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as about 3,000 former loyalists of the party renounced their membership and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abaji area council of Abuja.
Leadership reports that the defectors, led by a former vice chairman of area council, Mohammed Nuhu Yakub, were joined by other former prominent PDP members including, a former special adviser on women affairs to an ex-chairman of the council, Hajiya Laruba Loko, a former PDP women leader, south east ward, Hajiya Medina Mohammed, among others.
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