- The PDP has again lost some of its principal members in Yobe state to the ruling All Progressives Congress
- Among the defectors are the PDP's deputy state chairman, Alhaji Umaru Amale, and assistant state secretary Ahmadu Biriri
- The defectors were received by the governor of Yobe state and APC's national caretaker chairman, Mai Mala Buni
Damaturu, Yobe state - Alhaji Umaru Amale, the deputy state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe state, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mamman Mohammed, Governor Mai Mala Buni's media aide, made this known in a statement released on Tuesday, October 19.
Legit.ng gathers that the PDP's assistant state secretary Ahmadu Biriri and others also defected from the PDP to the APC.
Receiving the former PDP officials in Damaturu, Governor Buni who doubles as the APC's national caretaker chairman said they should be part of the movement to salvage Nigeria.
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He informed the defectors that they have equal rights and opportunities like any other member to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
Former PDP deputy chairman Umaru Amale reacts
In his remarks, the former PDP deputy chairman, Amale, said they had no reason remaining in the PDP and apologised for the delay in joining the APC.
He commended Governor Buni for his selfless contribution to Nigeria's growth and development, saying "you made us very proud and we are obliged to support you".
APC threatens to punish aggrieved members
In other news, the national leadership of the APC has asked those who have pending cases against the party in courts to withdraw them or face the full wrath of the party.
The secretary of the APC caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, while inaugurating the party’s local government appeal committee on Wednesday, September 15, in Abuja, said a fair hearing should be the guiding principle for the committee.
He said the party will enforce discipline and full compliance with the directives of the NEC with regards to those who have court cases, as enshrined in Article 21D of the party’s constitution.