No fewer than 5,558 members of All Progressives Congress (APC) defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State.
The defectors are from the 23 local government areas of the state.
They were received at Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area , during a ceremony attended by prominent PDP officials both at the national and state levels.
In a remark Alhaji Ahmad Makarfi, former PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, described the event as significant, and advised the returnees to join hands to realise the party’s objectives. Makarfi, said that “God-willing, the prayers of the masses is heard and will be answered,” he said.
He then urge the people to turnout enmass by May 12 and vote PDP candidates in the state local council polls, adding, “we must ensure that we protect our votes and guard against any form of rigging”.
Besides, Dr Hassan Hyet, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, decried the state of insecurity across the country, saying that the people must mobilise to turn around the ugly tide.
Senator Ibrahim Tsauri, PDP National Secretary, while welcoming the returnees expressed optimism that the party was on its way back to the reckoning.
Responding unbehalf of the returnees, Jagaba Adams Jagaba, (APC-Kachia/Kagarko) federal constituency, said the returnees and PDP as a whole had learnt from its past mistakes, assuring that the party would safeguard the interests of the returnees.