by Akintomiwa Agbaje
The list of ‘defectors’ never stops this time with a record breaking exodus again in Kaduna involving 2,300 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decamping of political figures, statesmen, senators and the likes is not new but has steadily gained with several PDP members dumping the party for the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to a Leadership report:
Another batch of 2,300 chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State.
This is just a day after the ruling party lost about 1,200 members from the vice president’s council area to the APC.
The 2,300 PDP members who defected are from Kaduna South local government, a local government located in the heart of the state capital.
It was gathered that among the defectors are five serving and eight former councillors in the council.
Receiving the defectors at the APC state secretarial, APC’s interim chairman, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, said the party will never get tired of receiving defectors from PDP in the state.
According to him, the 2015 election will be contested strongly among two parties, the PDP and the APC.
“We will never get tired of receiving PDP defectors to our party in as much as they are not tired of defecting. This shows that the 2015 election will be contested by two parties. That is the party that wants to bring development to the country,” he said.
Dr Hakeem further blasted the Vice president of the country Namadi Sambo and the state governor Muktar Ramalan Yero saying their positions have not in anyway benefited the people of the state.
“We have the Vice President and Governor but nothing is happening in Kaduna state despite the loan being collected for the state. We don’t even know what they are using the loan for because they have nothing show in the state,” he said.
Leader of the PDP defectors in the state and former Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Audi Yaro Makama said as long as APC leadership are not tired of receiving defectors they will not be tired of bring more PDP members to join the opposition in the state.
He said they have long been in the ruling party without the party benefiting the state and country in general as he promised that come 2015 PDP will be no more in the state.
“We want our children to be proud of us some day and we cannot remain in a party that has failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to its citizens. Those who think we cannot deliver they should wait and see during the 2015 election if PDP will make it,” he said.
Former Kaduna South Chairman, Alhaji Auwal Tafoki who was among the defectors told the gathering that more PDP members will soon join the opposition party as he thanked the leadership of APC for a warm reception accorded to the defectors.