by Janet Johnson
An estimated 20,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Zone A of Niger State have defected to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), as the party’s governorship candidate in Niger State, Abubakar Bello, rounds off his campaign tour of the Mokwa area of the state.
APC spokesperson in the state, Jonathan Vatsa, disclosed this in a statement released on Monday, February 2, saying the party was astounded by the crowd of defectors from various wards of the PDP in the area.
Vatsa said the people of the area had complained bitterly to him over the years, that the state has been neglected by the PDP administration over the years, also adding that the people were tired of 16 years of deceit.
He described the popularity of APC in the state in general as the broom revolution, claiming that PDP was now a shadow of itself in the zone.
Vatsa explained that while APC had carried its campaigns to the nooks and crannies of the state in view of its popularity, PDP had stopped its campaigns at local government headquarters because the people had discovered what he described as the bulk of failed promises over the years.
While counting the gains of the APC in zone A, he said over 5,000 defectors from the PDP in Edati, 5,000 in Mokwa and another 3,000 in Kutigi joined the APC in the area.
“When we took stock of the PDP members coming to join us in each local government that constitute zone A; we realized that we got 3,000 in Lapai, 3,000 in Agaie, 4,000 in Katcha, 3,700 in Bida which has been our stronghold. The remaining ones in the PDP in Bida have now joined us,” he said.
Speaking further, he dissociated the APC from attacks on PDP campaign train in parts of the state, explaining that those who attacked PDP were its aggrieved members. “We preach peace wherever we go,” Vatsa added.