…Bauchi deputy speaker, two senate aspirants, others dump APC
A businessman in Kebbi, Alhaji Mustapha Asaija and five thousand other members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend left the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Isa Galaudu, his running mate, Alhaji Abubakar Malan, PDP state executives and hundreds of PDP members received the businessman with his supporters at Ambursa in Birnin Kebbi local government area of the state.
Asaija said he left the ruling APC with his supporters to join the PDP because the party has failed in making the lives of Nigerians better in spite of its numerous promises.
He said “I did not decamp with my supporters to get money I swear, I left the APC simply because things are not just right”.
He said he would mobilise more people in the area for the success of PDP gubernatorial candidate Isa Galaudu in the 2019 election.
In his remark the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Galaudu said he was happy to receive the ‘decampees’ while calling for peaceful electioneering campaign devoid of hate speech and violence.
He said “If elected, I promise to address issues of youth unemployment, improve civil service, maintain regular payment of pension and gratuity and come up with genuine agricultural program in Kebbi with adequate loan subsidy to farmers”.
At another development, the PDP has inaugurated its Campaign Committee and Alhaji Isah Mungadi was appointed Director General of the party campaign in Kebbi State.
Also, the deputy speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abdulmumini Bala Fanti and some other state lawmakers have dumped the All Progressives Congress ( APC) and joined the opposition Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP).
Two APC senatorial aspirants have also left and joined the PRP.
The other state lawmakers that defected to the PRP are; Ibrahim Bello Katagum, Auwal Hassan Shira and Yusuf C. Nuhu.
Nuhu is the member representing Toro in the state House of Assembly who recently won the by-election for Toro federal constituency on the platform of the APC.
Two ex-lawmakers, Abdulmumini Ningi and Dayyabu Chiroma have also defected.
Their defection follows the fallout of the party’s primaries which saw over 20 members losing their tickets to re-contest.
Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, the member representing Bauchi constituency in the state House of Assembly who lost his bid in the APC to contest also left the party and joined the PRP to contest for Bauchi federal constituency seat.
Two senatorial aspirants who contested for Bauchi South and Bauchi Central senate tickets under the APC, Barrister Lawan Ibrahim and Bappah Aliyu Misau respectively have also joined the PRP to contest for the ticket.
Bauchi State PRP chairman, Alhaji Shehu Barau Ningi confirmed that the APC defectors have joined the party after they were denied tickets in their former party.
One of the defectors, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi also confirmed his defection and that of the others to PRP on telephone.