In Zamfara State, thousands of members of the All Progressives Congress have defected to the PDP.
The three party members who supported previous governor Abdul Aziz Yari—Salihu Maibuhu, Rabi,u Ilili, and Abubakar Bargaja—leaving the APC for the PDP in the state was the main blow.
They reportedly quit APC with tens of thousands of their fans.
With thousands of their supporters, they declared their defection to the opposition PDP, undermining the reconciliation effort between Governor Bello Matawalle and Yari.
One of the defectors, Salihu Maibuhu, told The PUNCH over the phone that they chose to join PDP because they were uninterested in the Matawalle and Yari reconciliation process.
”We are not interested in Matawalle, Yari reconciliation and we have decided to defect to the opposition PDP in the state.
“We are not with Governor Bello Mattawalle and that was why we left the APC together with our supporters.“We will however continue with our relationship with the former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari,” said Maibuhu.
In his reaction, the spokesperson for the state chapter of Zamfara APC, Yusuf Idris, said the party was never moved by the defection to PDP even though they did not officially announce their defection. Idris said,
“The APC has never been moved by their decision to defect even as they failed to officially inform the party of their move which was without any reason but self-aggrandisement.
“Just as they left the APC, we are happy that the ruling party has continued to receive and welcome more defectors in the state and keeping it ahead of other political parties.”