Fresh Crisis Erupts in PDP As Top Foundational Member Joins APC, Gives Reason

Fresh Crisis Erupts in PDP As Top Foundational Member Joins APC, Gives Reason

  • The PDP has lost another strong and founding member, Mukhtar Shehu Shagari, to the APC in Sokoto State
  • Shagari served as minister of water resources under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a one-time deputy governor of the state
  • The PDP has been blamed for the defection of Shagari to the APC, citing the opposition party's unfairness and unjust to the former minister

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Sokoto, Sokoto - The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension as Barrister Mukhtar Shehu Shagari joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He formally received his APC membership card from Abubakar Yabo, the party's state secretary and in the company of other executives in the state, Vanguard reported.

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Mukhtar Shehu Shagari/PDP/APC/Sokoto State
Shehu Shagari dumps PDP for APC Photo Credit: APC Nigeria
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Shagari, the only surviving member of the old PDP in Sokoto state and former minister of water resources served as a minister under former President Olusegun Obasanjo's administration.

The former deputy governor of Sokoto state is considered a foundational member of the PDP, who has been in the party for over 25 years until August 2023, when he defected to the APC.

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Why Shagari dumped PDP for APC

Those who spoke on his defection to the APC blamed the PDP national leadership for its unfairness and being unjust to the former minister, despite his respect and loyalty to the opposition party.

They argued that many of his contemporaries had left the PDP, including Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 election. They argued that Atiku was in ACN and APC before he returned to the PDP and claimed its presidential ticket.

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Yabo confirmed that the ex-minister and former deputy governor of Sokoto has received his membership card in the state, adding that he is now a qualified and registered member of the APC in the state chapter.

Wike, Umahi, and other ministers receiving live pension earlier reported that some of President Bola Tinubu's ministers-designate had been reported to still be collecting life pensions in their states.

These ministers-designate are former governors in their states and are still collecting life pensions from the state's pension payroll.


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