Bashir Husain, a serving member of the House of Representatives from Kano state, and Hajia Maryma Kofar Mata, the special assistant to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on the Empowerment Programme, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They were among members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state who dumped the party for the PDP, The Guardian reports.
Husain is representing Gwale Federal Constituency, while Kofar Mata was the immediate past state women's leader of the APC.
According to a statement by the media office of Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, made available to journalists yesterday, the APC members decamped following Sambo’s visit to the state.
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During his visit to Kano, Sambo had met with several stakeholders, who he urged to reach out to the people and inform them of the achievements of the President Jonathan-led administration and the PDP. This resulted in the defection of the APC members.
Receiving those who defected, the vice president gave them a warm welcome, while stressing that there was enough space in the PDP for anyone interested in joining the party.
“PDP is the party of Nigeria with the most people oriented programmes that has been transforming the socio-economic wellbeing of Nigerians in the right direction. PDP is Nigeria, and Nigeria is PDP. If you go to every corner and the remotest part of Nigeria, PDP has a system in place,” he said.
Sambo told the defectors to feel at home and put in their best for the victory of the party in the forthcoming elections, so that the party and the administration would continue to move the country forward.
According to the defectors, they dumped the APC because the PDP and the administration of President Jonathan and Vice President Sambo, have been delivering more and better dividends of democracy to Nigerians through their Transformation Agenda.
They therefore pledged to put in their best to move the party and the country to greater heights.
As the general elections are fast approaching, politicians have been moving from one party to the other. A few days ago there were reports that a prominent member of the PDP in Lagos state and a businessman,ief Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi, is set to dump the party for the APC.