The Niger State Deputy Governor, Musa Ibeto, and about 200 of his supporters, on Monday, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Porgressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Ibeto told journalists of his defection at the Minna Airport where he had gone to receive the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who was coming to the state for his campaign.
The deputy governor had lost the state governorship election to Umar Nasko.
According to the result declared by the returning officer, Jubril-Martins Kuye, Mr. Ibeto got 34 votes, Sahabu Darangi, 11, Mustapha Bello, 11, Hanafi Sudan, 57, and Mr. Nasko, who was the candidate of Mr. Aliyu, 908.
The deputy governor, who said he was leaving the PDP with about 200 others, said the election was a charade.
“You (reporters) are all witnesses to the charade that characterised the PDP governorship primary. We filed our objection to the primary up to the national level of the party with the hope for justice, but up till now nothing is done and we feel we should go to where we can find justice and fairness,” he said.
“Over 200 people comprising serving and former members of National Assembly, state Assembly, former commissioners, former local government chairmen and party leaders across the 25 local government areas of the state are today crossing with me to the APC.
“We have decided to list only those who are currently holding positions at local, state and national levels. All our supporters will automatically go with us and you will see all of them at Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s rally today (Monday).
“I am going to APC rally, but now I am going to the airport to welcome our leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari who is Niger State today for campaign.”