About 2,509 members of the Peoples Democrat Party (PDP) on Monday, January 28, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sandamu local government area of Katsina state.
Governor Aminu Masari received the defectors in Sandamu during his electioneering campaign in the area, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said his administration would soon embark on general renovation of Sandamu general hospital and construct township roads across eleven electoral wards in the area.
Masari said his administration has executed numerous development projects including 40km Fago- Katsayal- Kwasarawa-Jirdede-Koza road. He said that the roads linked communities in the area with those in Maiadua local government area.
The governor added that the administration also rehabilitated 75 km Sandamu-Baure- Babban Mutum road and drilled 150 boreholes across the area.
Earlier, the state APC chairman, Malam Shitu Masalaha, described the defectors as wise men who chose to join the bandwagon of salvation and transformation.
He assured them that they would be treated as full members of the party, with all the rights and privileges due to all APC members.
Malam Sani Sabo, who addressed the mammoth crowd of party supporters on behalf of the defectors, assured the APC that their decision to join the ruling party was not attached to any condition, but were motivated by the superb performance of the APC led government across tiers of government.
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Sabo pledged to mobilise votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Masari stressing, “we will galvanize unprecedented support for the party and PDP will not make any impact here.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Masari would spend three days campaigning in Daura emirate, ahead of the general elections. Masari was in company of top government officials and hundreds of party supporters.
In another news report, the PDP has expressed the confidence that Monday judgment of the elections petitions tribunal which affirmed the victory of Governor Kayode Fayemi at the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election would be overturned at the Court of Appeal.
The party said this in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday, January 28, in Abuja, in reaction to the election petition tribunal judgment that affirmed the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Kayode Fayemi at the poll.
Ologbondiyan expressed confidence that victory would be handed to the PDP and its candidate, Olusola Eleka, whom he described as the clear winner of the election.