- Some politicians in the Gombe state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have dumped the party
- The politicians which include key party officials and government appointees consequently declared support for the NNPP
- Some of those who defected include Hon Nelson Bagudu, Jesse Dereba Maipundi, Engr Mela Lasoru Ibn Lele among others
Ahead of the coming 2023 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe has lost key party chieftains.
This comes as party officials and government appointees have defected to the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP).
The defectors include the serving secretary of the APC in Shongom LGA, Hon Nelson Bagudu, a special assistant to the state governor, Jesse Dereba Maipundi, Sun Newspaper added.
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Others who decided to leave the ruling party for NNPP include a legislative aide to senator representing Gombe South zone, Engr Mela Lasoru Ibn Lele and Hon Alhassan Musa Aliyu.
Northern APC governor speaks on dumping Tinubu ahead of 2023 presidential election
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state says he remains an ardent supporter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Bello was reacting to a newspaper publication on Sunday, January 22, claiming that he has withdrawn support for Tinubu. The Kogi state governor described the report as fake news.
Governor Bello also demanded that the publication be retracted within 24 hours just as he threatened legal action should the publishers fail to grant his demand.
2023 elections: Senate President Lawan asks north to vote for Tinubu
In another report, the president of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, urged the northern region to vote for Tinubu in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
Lawan spoke on Monday, January 23, at the APC presidential rally in Bauchi state which was attended by the candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, state governors and other party stalwarts.
This was disclosed in a statement sent to Legit.ng by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, a member of the Tinubu Media Office.