Thursday, 22 January 2015

Mass Defection As 435 PDP Members Join APC


At least 435 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Wednesday left the party for the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
Already, several founding members and leaders of the ruling PDP in the state have dumped the party for the APC, reports Daily Trust.
The 435 PDP members switched to the APC during a campaign rally for the APC’s governorship candidate, Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i, in Makarfi, the hometown of former Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.
El-Rufai’s campaign spokesman Samuel Aruwan cited poor internal party politics in the PDP as one of the reasons given by the defectors, adding that they also promised to work for the success of APC in the state.
Former director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Salihu Makarfi, and former information commissioner Saidu Adamu, who had earlier defected to the APC from PDP took part in the rally.
Aruwan said his party always canvassed for peace, love and unity and preached against violence and hate speech, adding that “the recent allegation that our members have destroyed public property was not true.”
He urged the supporters of other parties to stick to issue-based campaigns and avoid hate speech.



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