As political activities hots up across the country, politicians have continued to align and realign with other political parties.
In Zaria, Kaduna State, no fewer than 850 members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zaria Local Government Area (LGA).
The defectors, INDEPENDENT learnt, includes the PRP Youth Leader in Zaria, Ibrahim Hassan-Pako, and a prominent PDP member, Hajiya Sa’adiya Mohammed-Mai-Yanga.
While receiving the defectors at Tudun Wada Ward in Zaria on the APC Chairman in the LGA, Alhaji Aliyu Idris-Ibrahim, assured the defectors that they would be treated fairly.
He urged the new members to feel at home and be supportive to ensure success of the party in 2019.
Idris-Ibrahim said active support of the defectors in the general elections would be critical to APC’s victory.
The Chairman said APC members in the council area were determined to convince more Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s re-election bid because of their good performances.
According to him, “This is one of the reasons that our leaders embarked on door-to-door sensitisation of people which culminated into what we are witnessing today, receiving over 850 defectors from different political parties.
“It is our hope that more will join the train very soon, and we are going to assist them with the necessary support.”
The APC Zone One Chairman, Alhaji Hussaini Central-Store, expressed satisfaction at the defection.
In his words, “I want to assure you that, as we receive you today, we are all equal; you are entitled to all rights and privileges as any other member of the party.
“All of you will receive your membership cards this week to formally make you bona fide members of the party.
“I want to use this medium to call on members of the electorate to elect APC candidates at all levels.”
The APC Chairman, Tudun Wada Ward, Alhaji Alhassan Mohammed-Qassim, described the occasion as historic, and encouraged the defectors to be active members of the party.
He urged them to exhibit a high sense of responsibility, loyalty and commitment toward ensuring the success of the party in the 2019 General Elections
Speaking on behalf of all the defectors, Hassan-Pako said they were moved by the good leadership of APC and called on the party’s leadership at all levels of governance to maintain good leadership.