By Umar Isa
Fifty thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party have switched allegiance to the All Progressives Congress in Sokoto State.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the defectors were received by Senator Aliyu Wammako, the APC strongman and Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s former godfather.
Among the defectors were former Special Advisers to Tambuwal, former local government chairmen and former State House of Assembly members, as well as many other officials of PDP in the state.
Wammako welcomed the new entrants into the party and assured them of equal treatment with all the existing members of APC in the state.
Wammako further said that many more members of the PDP had already joined the APC, promising to unveil them soon.
He warned the Tambuwal government against intimidating the workers who have pitched their loyalty with the APC.
“No amount of intimidation would deter the people of the state from massively loving and supporting APC and all its candidates at all levels.
“Moreover, in a matter of weeks, the APC will take over the state, while President Muhammadu Buhari, including all the party’s candidates at all levels will be massively voted by Nigerians,” he said.
APC governorship candidate and Tambuwal’s former deputy, Ahmed Aliyu, said, “All the PDP members who initially went astray have now come back to the right party.”
He congratulated them for joining the APC and assured them of equal treatment. He promised to emulate Wammako’s leadership qualities if elected.
The Director -General of the State APC Campaign Council, Yusuf Suleiman, who was a former Minister of Transport, commended Wammako for providing credible and worthy leadership to the party and its members in the state.
Spokespersons of the defectors, Abubakar Dantama, former Chairman of Silame Local Government; and Murtala Hassan, former state Assembly member, said that they joined APC because the party stands for justice and fairness.
They also promised to assiduously work to ensure the success of the party’s candidates at all levels in the 2019 general elections.