Monday, January 26, 2015 6:30 pm
No fewer than 2,750 members of the APC in Koko/Besse Local Government Area of Nigeria’s north western state of Kebbi have defected to the PDP.
The spokesperson for the defectors, Alhaji Maikano Koko, told Gov. Saidu Dakingari in Koko on Monday that the defection was sequel to the numerous development projects sited in the area by the current administration.
He said the PDP-led government had provided infrastructural facilities while giving attention to agriculture and youth empowerment.
Koko also said the defectors decided to join the PDP due to the equitable provision of state resources.
Also speaking, the state Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bello Doya, assured the defectors that they would be treated fairly, saying “ the PDP family cherishes honesty and fairness among members. ”
Doya, who called on the new members to shun money politics, said “ we need trust worthy leaders who fear God and can impact positively on the lives of the people.’’
In his remarks, Dakingari commended those who defected and promised them equal treatment.
“ Political activities are for development to take place and not primitive accumulation of wealth to the detriment of the generality of the people.
“ We would sustain prudence and equity in leadership,’’ he said.
He urged the defectors to eschew violence and politics of blackmail and thuggery, stressing that peace was paramount to the nation’s existence and development.
The PDP governorship candidate in the state, Sarkin-Yaki Bello, promised to lead by example if elected.
Bello, who said he would consolidate on the gains recorded by the present administration in the state, advised those who defected to ensure that they collected their Permanent Voter Cards.
NAN reports that thousands of APC supporters recently defected to the PDP in Sakaba, Fakai and Shanga Local Government Areas of the state.