Former Kebbi Governor leads others to formally join APC



The Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Saidu Dakingari on Saturday led other Peoples’ Democtatic Party (PDP) defectors to publicly join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the two-term governor and his deputy who served the PDP had recently declared support the APC).

The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Attahiru Maccido, formerly received the decampees and many others at a symbolic ceremony Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.

He said the defectors did give any condition their decision to join the APC fold the state.

“According to them, they defected as a result of leadership style of President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Atiku Bagudu, especially the areas of security, agriculture and economic sectors,” he said.

He assured the decampees they would be accorded equal opportunity and/ or privileges  in the party, adding “the doors of the party are still open others to join.”

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Gov. Dakingari said the defection was a result of deep thoughts in the past three years since he left power.

“No body had heard my voice on political issues for three years and I joined the APC for gain but for the efforts President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Bagudu have been doing at the federal and state levels respectively for progress,peace and unity.

“I call on all those I have offended to forgive me and I forgive those who offended me too,” he said.

In his remarks, Gov. Bagudu expressed optimism  the state would continue to move forward with the coming of new members into the party.

“Our state is blessed with  mineral resources but improper coordination had been the stumbling block toward exploitation of the resources.

“With the cooperation we have now, we will achieve greatness If we are truly committed to our aims and objectives of moving our state to heights,” he said.

The APC North -West National Chairman, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, congratulated the defectors for joining the party.

He  said the successes recorded by Gov. Bagudu was monumental that made the people to join the party.

NAN reports that other former top PDP members that officially received into the APC included the former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Rabiu Kamba, former member House of Representatives, Alhaji Sani Kalgo, Abdullahi Dan-Alkali, Alhaji Haruna Hassan and Halima Tukur. (NAN).