Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State have dumped the party to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November 2023 governorship election in the state.
Naija News reports that the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello received a group of former members of the PDP from Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area.
It was gathered from The Sun that among those who defected were former caretaker Chairman of Igalamela Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, along with Hon. Adama Sani and Aikoye Anu, the defectors from Ajaka Ward 1 and 2.
Others include former President of the PDP National Youth Movement, Ahmed Mahmud, and Saidatu Ogohi, the Ajaka Ward 1 Women Leader.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Abdullahi Ibrahim said their reason for joining the APC was because of the progress recorded by the incumbent administration of Governor Bello, especially at the local government level.
Ibrahim said remarkable of all Bello’s achievements is the rehabilitation of the Umomi-Akpagidigbo-Ugwolawo-Ajaka-Idah road, a significant infrastructure project in Igalamela.
The former PDP chieftain, who expressed the group’s preparedness to work towards securing victory for the APC in the upcoming governorship election, applauded the governor and the APC for selecting Hon. Ododo Ahmed Usman as the party’s governorship candidate.
He said he was sure his emergency would consolidate the achievements of the current administration considering his seven years of experience working with the incumbent government.
On his part, the governor, while receiving them, appreciated the group for recognizing the achievements of his administration and for choosing to join the APC.
Bello noted that the APC, being a progressive party, welcomes all individuals who are willing to contribute to the development of the state, assuring the former PDP members that they will have equal rights and opportunities within the APC, just like existing members.
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