- The ruling APC has lost more than 200 members, including some notable party chieftains, to the PDP in Kebbi state
- Not fewer than 216 APC members in Governor Bagudu's neighbourhood, Kofar Kola, dumped the party for the PDP
- Some of the prominent names among the defectors include Alhaji Yahaya Lele, a former special assistant to the governor, and Alhaji A.M. BK, a former provost
Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state - About 216 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kofar Kola area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.
Those who defected to the PDP include 134 male and 84 female party members.
Notable names among the defectors
Notable politicians among them are:
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- Alhaji Atiku Bandado
- Alhaji Gwandu Mai Kifi
- Alhaji Yahaya Lele, a former special assistant to the governor
- Alhaji A.M. BK, a former provost of the Adamu Augie College of Education
Legit.ng gathers that the defectors were received by the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Gen Aminu Bande (rtd); the Director General of the governorship campaign council, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu, Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Dododo and other chieftains.
Hundreds of APC members defect to PDP in Ondo state
In a related development, hundreds of APC members in the Ifedore local government area of Ondo state have defected to the opposition PDP.
The defection took place at the PDP secretariat, Igbara-Oke, the headquarters of the council area, on Monday, September 5.
Leaders of the PDP in the local government and the state were in attendance to receive the defectors.
APC workers begin protest over unpaid salaries
In another report, the staff of the All Progressives Congress (APC) decried the non-payment of their salaries by the party's leadership.
The staff reportedly became aggrieved after approval of housing and vehicle allowances for members of the APC national working committee despite the fact that they were being owed their September salaries as of Saturday, October 29.
While the national publicity secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, claimed that the issue of staff salaries was being addressed, he said that the delay was a result of an ‘internal mechanism.’