The ruling All Progressives Congress is making strategic moves to make sure it retains power in the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
Apart from its ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise, the ruling party has also in recent times "poached" some prominent members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This piece lists some influential PDP chieftains the APC has "hijacked" from the PDP as it seeks to retain power in the next general elections.
1. David Umahi
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state was a key PDP chieftain in the southeast. His defection to the APC in October 2020 will very likely improve the winning chances of the party in the southeast zone in 2023.
2. Gbenga Daniel
Gbenga Daniel, former Ogun state governor, was an influential PDP chieftain in the southwest. He served as the director-general of the Atiku Campaign Organisation in the 2019 elections. With his recent defection to the APC, the PDP has certainly lost a formidable member.
3. Yakubu Dogara
His defection to the APC was sudden as it was just weeks after serving as the chairman of the PDP screening committee for the Ondo state governorship election in 2020.
4. Jimoh Ibrahim
5. Senator Hamma Misau
Senator Hamma Misau also dumped the PDP for the APC in July 2020. He represented Bauchi Central senatorial district in the Senate during the Bukola Saraki-led 8th National Assembly.
6. Senator Elisha Abbo
Senator Elisha Abbo, a serving senator from Adamawa state, announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in November 2020.
Meanwhile, Famous Nollywood actor, Jimi Solanke, a veteran in the movie industry on Wednesday, February 17, officially joined the APC.
Just like so many Nigerians across the country, Solanke registered his membership at the ruling party.
The storyteller extraordinaire took part in the nationwide exercise at polling unit 3, Ward 7, Ipara Remo, Remo north local government, Ogun state to demonstrate his loyalty to the party.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_