No fewer than 5,000 critical stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State, including a former Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Comrade Adams Erena, on Tuesday in Minna, the state capital, defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The decampees among who were: a former National Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, a member of the state House of Assembly, former Commissioners, local government chairmen and former PDP grass-root leaders, were received at a mega rally in Minna.
Deputy governor of the state, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, who dumped PDP last January while receiving the decampees, challenged them to work for the success of the party in Saturday‘s governorship and state assembly elections.
The Niger APC leader assured the defectors that they will be accorded equal rights and privileges of old members as the party is known for justice, equity and fairness.
He called on them to add value to the electoral fortunes of the party by ensuring the victory of the party in their wards and constituencies during Saturday’s elections.
“We receive you unconditionally, I congratulate you all for joining the winning train at the right time, although we have won the three senatorial seats and all the House of Representatives but it is not over until our gubernatorial candidate wins. Am sure we will not allow any other party to win even one councillorship seat in Niger state,” he said.
APC chairman in the state, Engr Mohammed Imam, who was visibly elated with the calibre of the defectors, said their joining will strengthen and unify the party, assuring them of peace and justice which will be maintained for the progress of the party.
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