The former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kebbi State, Bello Doya, and 25,000 other members of the party including key party stalwarts have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, APC executives, and hundreds of supporters from the 21 local government areas of the state were on hand to receive the decampees, among whom were Isah Argungu, the former director general of the campaign organization of former governor Saidu Dakingari and the 2015 PDP gubernatorial candidate, Bello Sarkin-Yaki.
Others are three current PDP State House of Assembly members led by Muhammad Ismail, ten former local government council chairmen, as well as former local government party and ward chairmen.
No fewer than 160 former PDP councillors, businessmen and contractors, as well as women and youth groups decamped.
The state’s APC chairman, Attahiru Maccido, said the decampees joined the party willingly.
Speaking further, Mr. Bagudu promised to give equal opportunities to both the new and old members of the APC.
“APC is a blessing to Nigeria, it has become the party of all, in APC everybody is equal, all will be treated equally and fairly,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the spokesperson of the decampees, Mr. Argungu, as saying that their decision to decamp was informed by the achievement of the APC administration at both the state and federal levels.