- Some PDP leaders in Kaduna state on Friday, January 10 defected to the APC
- The decampees were received by Governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Government House, Kaduna
- Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai said the purpose of his government is to unite and develop the state
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Friday, January 10 received some Peoples Democratic Party leaders in the state who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among those who decamped to the APC were former commissioners, former federal and state legislators, former local government council chairmen and other senior PDP officials.
According to the report, they were led by one Chief Tony Hassan who said they came to align with Governor El-Rufai to move Kaduna State forward.
Speaking at the event, Governor El-Rufai said the purpose of his government is to unite and develop the state.
His words: “We have undertaken development project across the state without discrimination.
“We are also going to encourage the LGAs to do similar interventions in their headquarters and other major settlements.
“We have employed people that can help develop our state although we are not where we are supposed to be yet, because Kaduna state gave birth to all the 19 Northern states and the FCT yet in many areas of infrastructure development, health and education we are behind some of the states we gave birth to.
“This is what keeps most of us awake day and night not only to catch up but to surpass those states and we need everyone.
“We have to put all hands on deck, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from and who you worship, we all believe in one God and ethnicity, what matters is what you can contribute to our state.”
He assured the delegation that his government would spend the next three and a half years spreading development across the state.
He further assured the decampees that his government is for all and not for followers of a particular religion or ethnic group.
“We operate with the highest level of transparency and accountability, giving equal opportunity.
“What matters to us is credibility and competence and what you can contribute to the people of Kaduna state,” the governor said.
Similarly, a former Speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Godfrey Dikeocha, has decampaed from the PDP to the PAC.
Dikeocha formally announced his defection at his home in Ndigbo Uvuru, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo state, when leaders of APC visited him.
He said Buhari’s anti-corruption principles had made an impact in the country and informed his decision to join the APC.
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