From John Adams, Minna
More than 200 members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger State have defected to the People Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday.
A former member of the House of Representatives representing Agaie/Lapai Federal Constituency, Hon. Ibrahim Ebbo, led the pack of the defectors.
Until his defection, Hon. Ebbo was the Director General, Special Duties to the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
Also received among the defectors by the state PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji, was a chieftain of APC and the Director General of APC gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Mohammed Malagi and a former commissioner for water resources in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Azozo.
The State Chairman of the party, Tanko Beji, officially received the defectors at the PDP secretariat in Minna during the formal inauguration of the party’s presidential and gubernatorial campaign councils.
Welcoming the defectors who were at one time or the other members of the opposition party, the chairman said the party was happy to welcome them back home after their little romance with the propaganda party called APC.
He said it was time to come together as one family to work assiduously to chase the ruling party out of office by 2023, saying that Nigerians have become tired of the misery, frustration and poverty they have been subjected to in the last seven years.
Shortly after welcoming the defectors, the chairman inaugurated the 81 members of the presidential and governorship campaign councils with the former governor of the state and the leader of the party, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu.
, as state chairman of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, while Professor Jerry Gana as the Chairman, Gubernatorial Campaign Council.
Speaking on behalf of other members of the campaign councils, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu said there is no doubt that the APC has failed Nigerians in all ramifications, adding, “There is no way government of PDP will have allowed ASUU to go on strike for eight months. During PDP administration in the state, we ensured adequate security of lives and property.”