- PDP has lost some of its key chieftains to APC in Adamawa state
- The former governor fo the state, Bala Ngillari, and others chieftain of the party were received into the APC fold on Saturday, January 9
- Ngillari, however, described PDP as a dead party in Adamawa state
The Adamawa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now in a big mess as a former governor of the state, Bala Ngillari, revealed why he dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Punch reports that the national caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee of the APC on Saturday, January 9, received a former senator in the state, Abdulaziz Nyako, and other members of the African Democratic Congress; Senator Elisha Abbo, former governor Bala Ngilari and Chief Emmanuel Bello into the APC.
Legit.ng gathered that Mai Mala Buni, the chairman of the committee and Governor of Yobe state, represented by Prof Tahir Mamman, a northeast representative in the committee, also said they had set a two million membership target for the state chapter of the party.
He explained that with two million registered members in the state, any candidate who emerged from the party’s primary would be sure of victory at the polls.
“We want to see at least two million residents of Adamawa as registered members of the APC in the exercise.”
In his reaction, Nyako said he observed that the APC in the state had shown that it was reformed and could be trusted.
Why I dumped PDP for APC -Former governor Ngillari declares
Speaking on the reason for his defection, the former governor, Bala Ngillari said the PDP has no future in Nigeria, saying that the party is already dying.
The reports stated that Ngillari said this at the state APC stakeholders meeting on Saturday, January 9, in Yola, the state capital.
Ngillari, who defected to the APC in 2020, was the PDP’s Adamawa north senatorial candidate at the 2019 general election.
”One of the reasons why I dumped PDP for APC is that PDP is a dying party. In fact, PDP is dead and it will be buried in 2023.
“Secondly, I don’t see PDP as an alternative for the future of Nigeria, because the contradictions in the party will make its members go to the graveyard and we will help them bury themselves.
“And the reason why I identified myself with APC is because of its laudable objectives that will take us to the promised land and give hope to our future generations.”
The ex-governor added that any nationalist who wanted the country to move to the next level, should join the APC as it has no alternative at present.
He added that there was hope for Nigeria and its citizens under the APC led federal government, urging progressive politicians across the country to rally round the party.
Ngillari also emphasised that the APC currently has 90% followership in Adamawa, assuring that the party would take over the state in 2023.
“I wish those who chose to remain in PDP well. Adamawa has abundant natural resources if properly harnessed, the resources would boost the economy of the state and the country at large."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the APC in Adamawa state vowed to unseat Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri from power and reclaim the state from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was reported that Ibrahim Bilal, the APC state chairman, made this known during a ‘unity meeting’ held at the party’s secretariat recently.
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