3,000 PDP defectors join APC in Sokoto

Over 3,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State yesterday dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors were mainly from Isa Local Government Area, the home front of former governor Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, a PDP chieftain. Receiving the defectors in Isa town, the state APC Chairman, Usman Danmadamin-Isa, hailed them for choosing a more reliable political path. He said: “It is a thing of joy as you immediately realise where you can have a sense of belonging for your future, not where you are left to guessing for survival.”

Danmadamin-Isa noted that the defectors’ decision was akin to leaving darkness for light. The APC chairman said the PDP was at the verge of disintegration in the state, adding that its members were deserting the party in large number in the 23 local government areas. He said the PDP was a symbol of political doom whose national leadership were creating divisions among Nigerians through the politics of religion and ethnicity.

Usman Danmadamin-Isa blamed the PDP for not tackling insurgency and for the killings in the North in the last three years. The APC chairman said it was only Gen. Muhammad Buhari that has the capacity to tackle the security bedeviling the country.