Niger deputy governor, others dump PDP for APC

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.”


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  • Haruna Birniwa

    This is the end of the beginning…

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    Conflicting statements here. Why did he and his 200-and-something followers not “cross over to the other side” until just after his PDP had emasculated him? To me, these turncoats within the PDP are resorting to their belated crossover actions as a result of an after thought. The APC must develop a large heart towards them, however. They must remember the teachings of Christ when he said: “if your enemy (former PDPean, in this case) is thirsty, give him water to drink; if hungry, feed him…” But I suggest that thereafter they be kept where they belong, before they begin to manifest same symptoms that led to their fall while at their previous parties and at the expense of APC. After their tortuous journey down and out of the great gulf of Decadence, it is only wise to be humane, kind and to grant them safe landing. Quench their thirst, APC. But peel your eyes, for the price of liberty remains eternal vigilance.