Former Jigawa Governor, Supporters, Defect to APC

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Less than a month to the presidential election, some heavy weights in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including a former governor of Jigawa state, have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that those who defected included the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu and former Senator for Jigawa North West, Alhaj Danladi Sankara.

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Others are former commissioners, special advisers, and members of the state and National Assembly who failed to secure tickets to re-contest.

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The Former Deputy Governor during the administration of Sule Lamido, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad was also among the defectors and is currently the campaign Director-General of the incumbent governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru.

But Suleiman Bulus of the PDP has accused the defectors as hungry politicians, looking for something to eat. “I am assuring you, anytime if PDP wins elections, the same people will still come back and meet us.

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”There is no cause for alarm; PDP will still recapture Jigawa this year, we don’t want to talk too much, just wait and see,” Bulus said.

In a swift reaction, a chieftain of APC in Jigawa, Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, popularly known as Baba Ishaq, dismissed the claim that PDP will still capture Jigawa in the upcoming elections. “That is a dream; we have already killed and buried PDP in Jigawa, that is just an empty outburst,” he said.

“PDP will not do anything in Jigawa because of the good leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari at the centre and Governor Muhammad Badaru in Jigawa. That is why people are defecting to our party on daily basis.

“The APC administration under present Buhari was able to fight, corruption, insecurity and unemployment. Buhari was able to achieve a lot in just about four years of his tenure which the PDP couldn’t in its 16 years of administration,” he said.

Meanwhile, PDP and Social Democratic Party (SDP) are in secret talks to enter into alliance to wrestle power from APC in the forthcoming elections.

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