- The PDP in Zamfara state has gained a political heavyweight into its fold
- The immediate past deputy governor of the state have joined the party after leaving the APC
- Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad said he is leaving the APC after being sidelined by the party for so long
Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad, a former deputy governor of Zamfara state, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Daily Trust reports that Alhaji Muhammad, who deputised former Governor Abdulaziz Yari from 2011 to 2019, on Wednesday, December 2, announced his decision after meeting with his key supporters in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital.
“There were several speculations making the rounds for about two years now over where I politically belong; hence I feel this is the right time to put the records straight.
“I have remained a full card-carrying member of the All Progressives Party, APC, even though since the time of our crisis in 2019, the party did not consider us relevant, as demonstrated by its not inviting or informing us of any of its activities.
“I want to formally inform the general public that I have finally defected from the APC and have officially joined the PDP right from my Madawaki Ward under Gusau Local Government Area.”
Alhaji Wakkala said he started making moves to deregister himself from the APC when the party was hijacked by some individuals.
“The mission of those individuals was to alienate and disenfranchise the majority members of the party and produce primaries in which only their handpicked surrogates are declared the winners. This move eventually destabilized the party and we formed the G8 group under it.
“Since the inception of the present administration under Governor Bello Matawalle, I have been playing an advisory role especially in addressing the security issues of the state which by Allah’s grace is gradually reducing.
“For these reasons and my genuine concerns to the growth and development of Zamfara and the improved welfare of its citizens, the Governor has appealed to me to join him into the PDP so that together, we can work for the progress of the state.”
Meanwhile, following the recent defection of Governor Dave Umahi to the APC, a group in Ebonyi, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID), has called on the federal government to quickly intervene to avert a political crisis in the state.
According to the group, its call on government intervention is due to the recent open threat, intimidation of two prominent Ebonyi citizens for allegedly refusing to join the APC since the defection of the governor.
Earlier, the group stated that the defection of Umahi didn't come as a surprise, stressing that the governor is known for political inconsistency since his foray into politics.
The group further stated that the political life of the governor has become a domesticated case of a study in downright betrayal beginning from his days in the Dr Ogbonnaya Onu campaign Directorate in 1999.
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