Ex-Zamfara Commissioner Dumps PDP for APC Amid Governor Matawalle's Alleged Defection Plans
- The PDP has lost one of its strong members, Sanusi Maradun, to the APC in Zamfara state
- Maradun, a former commissioner in the northern state, announced his defection on Saturday, April 3
- Maradun's defection comes amid the widespread rumour that the state governor, Matawalle, is also set to join the APC
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Sanusi Maradun, a former commissioner for Social Welfare in Zamfara state, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Maradun announced his defection in Gusau, the state capital, on Saturday, April 3, Daily Nigerian reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the former commissioner said he decided to join the APC because of its efforts towards developing the state.
“I am in politics because of development of my people. l decided to join APC based on the party’s successes in retaining grassroots politics in the state."
Maradun claimed that the APC is the only vibrant political party in the state, adding that the party has more grassroots support, PM News also reported.
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Reacting to Maradun's defection on social media, a Facebook user, Matthew BlessedEbenezer, said:
"He has gone to prepare the way for the governor..."
Another Facebook user, El-Rufa'e Hassan Amin, said:
"It has began. The governor will also join soon."
Legit.ng notes that Maradun's defection comes amid political speculations that Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, is also set to leave the PDP for the APC.
Before now, there have been rumours about the planned defection of Matawalle who became governor of the state on the platform of the PDP following the judgement of the Supreme Court on the crisis that trailed the primaries of APC in Zamfara.
If Matawalle eventually joins the APC, he will be the second PDP governor to leave the party in recent times, trailing Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state who defected to the ruling party in late 2020.
In another related news, Onyekachi Nwebonyi, the factional chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi state, has defected to the APC.
Nwebonyi defected to the APC alongside other executive members of his faction from ward to the state levels, as well as other party members.
Legit.ng gathers that the former PDP leaders announced their resignation from the PDP and subsequent defection to the APC on Saturday, March 27, at Pa Ngele Oruta stadium, Abakaliki.