Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
The ruling All Progressive Congress, APC has received another 6,084 defectors from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the Yauri Local Government Area of the state.
The defectors were received by top government functionaries and APC executives from the State and Local Government levels.
Prominent leaders among the defectors from PDP include Mikailu Iyalaje, Yoruba leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Arzika Lamba, Alhaji Shehu Biro, Alhaji Bello Ganwo, Musa Usman Aliyu Tondi, popularly known as Musa Jingo, Basiru PRO, Abdullahi Waziri Zamare, Shuaubu Dandalolo, Suleiman Soja, Youth leader, Maidamma Tondi and former Chairman PRP, Abdullahi Uhum.
The defectors cited Governor Bagudu’s developmental strides in their area as well as the visible performance of APC legislators and other political appointees of the area toward the progress of the local council.
Speaking to Newsmen, one of the leaders of the defectors, Basiru PRO Yauri who was defeated alongside his over 400 supporters said PDP has been his party since 1999 but dumped the party to join APC for demonstrating a good sense of leadership, while Alhaji Yakubu Dela said they have filled the vacuum of former APC supporters who have joined PDP.
They commended the APC for fielding credible candidates to stand for the party in the 2023 general election in the area and the state at large.
The Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar Yauri told the mammoth crowd that Yauri is the home of APC.
In 2015, 2019 APC was victorious, even in 2023 by the will of God, Yauri will remain under APC” he added.
He outlined myriad of development projects in the area courtesy of Governor Bagudu’s administration particularly his industrialization drive which led to the establishment of a tomato processing factory in the area.
While lauding the decision of the defectors to join APC, he also assured the APC supporters that he would not relent in wooing more people to APC, “we will go to polling unit by polling unit in Yauri to look for more people to join APC,” he assured.
The Chairman of APC Elders Forum, Alhaji Sani Hukuma Zauro said the political development in Yauri in which APC received thousands of defectors from PDP has proved that Yauri was still a stronghold of the SSG.
In his remarks, the Personal Assistant to the Governor, Alhaji Musa Yaro, Enabo expressed delight with the development in Yauri.
He beseeched God to bless all the APC candidates with victory in the 2023 election.
He thanked Governor Bagudu for good leadership and lauded the decision of Hon. Bello Yakubu, Rilisco, House of Representatives member for rejoining the APC from PDP.
In a similar development, State APC Women leader, Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Gunabi in her remarks called on women of the area to ensure they collect their PVC, assuring the new defectors of equal rights in the party.
Speaking Earlier, the APC State Chairman, Abubakar Muhammad Kana Zuru welcomed the defectors and directed the party executives from the local government to integrate the new members into the affairs of the party at all levels.
Other speakers at the event were the Chairman of Ngaski Local Government, Hon. Usman Buhari, Hon Aminu Suleiman Shanga, the Zonal Vice Chairman Kebbi South, Alhaji Garba Bakanike, Hon Hassan Muhammad Shallah, Hon Tukur Giron Masa, Chief Whip, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Arzika Lamba among others.
Highlights of the event were the opening of the APC Youths Office in Yauri, the disbursement of economic empowerment to one thousand women and youths in Yauri, and Muryar Talaka, Ngaski LGA presented a humanitarian Award to PA (Enabo) in his honor as a person of compassion.