Jigawa Deputy Governor quits PDP for APC

The Jigawa State deputy governor, Ahmad Mahmud, is set to quit the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Mahmud will be received into the APC in his Gumel ward Monday, his office confirmed.

The deputy governor will be received alongside some officials of the PDP-led state government, including Commissioners, by the state APC chairman, Ado Kiri, the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Badaru Abubakar, and other APC leaders in the state.

The director of press to the deputy governor, Ahmed Gumel, confirmed that his principal would leave the PDP for APC and will be received in his Galagamma Ward in Gumel Local Government Area.

He did not give any reason for the deputy governor’s decision to quit his party.

Many believe Mr. Mahmud is decamping to pay back Governor Sule Lamido who refused to pick him as his successor.

But the PDP accused him of anti-party activities.

Earlier, the PDP leadership in the deputy governor’s Gumel local government suspended him for alleged anti-party activities during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In a statement delivered through the director of press to the governor, Umar Kyari, the PDP chairman, Gumel Local Government, Ibrahim Kafinta, said the deputy governor was dismissed for allegedly voting for the APC in the elections, describing the action as a betrayal of trust.


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  • PDP and the crumbling cookies.

  • solozo

    This is bad for our democracy.The APC should not continue to encourage this.We do not want a one party state. The experience under PDP was bad enough

    • andynaija

      It’s all politics. Wait until APC becomes power drunk and the same thing will happen to them. Did you forget the 60 years rulership prediction.

  • musa aliyu

    We’re expecting more

  • sammyctu ode

    Big lesson for pdp that when people give you power, use it for them and not negatively as we have witnessed in the last 16 years. pdp thought Nigerians are illiterates, not educated and dumb but we are now proving to them they are the dumbest people in the whole world.

  • band olu

    How did they know he voted for APC? i thought voting is meant to be a private & secret thing…

    • Saydo Shan

      U see, some people make a show of who they vote for a variety of reasons.

  • Saydo Shan

    Nigerian politicians change parties like pants. It only happens in Nigeria.

  • Public Commentator

    Government without virile opposition is as useless as the near unitary system we’ve just witnessed in the last 16 years.

    PDP
    members should please accept they are now in the opposition and they
    should work hard so that in another 4 to 8 years they will come back.
    Where necessary, genuine coalition on the basis of mutual interests is
    understandable, but cross carpeting often for selfish reasons should not
    be encouraged. If anybody did not deem it necessary to decamp before the last election, then they cannot morally expect to reap from where they did not sow.

    APC should be very careful here not be seen as muzzling the opposition from day one!

    Please pardon me here as I’m being mindful of “freedom of association” but then we can’t go through that hell of a one party state again!

  • Public Commentator

    Government without virile opposition is as useless as the near unitary system we’ve just witnessed in the last 16 years.

    PDP members should please accept they are now in the opposition and they should work hard so that in another 4 to 8 years they will come back. Where necessary, genuine coalition on the basis of mutual interests is understandable, but cross-carpeting often for selfish reasons should not be encouraged. If anybody did not deem it necessary to decamp before the last election, then they cannot morally expect to reap from where they did not sow.

    APC should be very careful here not be seen as muzzling the opposition from day one!

    Please pardon me here as I’m being mindful of “freedom of association” but then we can’t go through that hell of a one party state again!

    • Jpool

      I totally agree with u. But to discourage cross-carpeting, the constitution needs to be overhauled to stop the gravy train hitchhikers…. particularly those holding elective offices. They must not be allowed to cross-carpet midway or at any point during the life span of any govt without going back to the electorate to re-contest their seats under the newly adopted party.
      A case in point is that of Amaechi of Rivers state who feathered his nest under PDP and continues to enjoy the spoils of power offered by his PDP mandate….while in the same breath claiming to be an APC card carrier when he was never elected under APC mandate. If there was a provision in the constitution were elected officer must re-contest their seats if they wish to decamp to the opposition party for whatever reasons, i am convinced they will think twice before jumping ship except perhaps if it’s done out of one’s political convictions and ideologies.

      There are just too many lapses in our contitution that favours the criminally minded.

      • Jpool

        I meant…….in the constitution ‘where’ elected officers must re-contest…..

  • the_adviser

    These defectors have no shame. They are only interested in their selfish interests and don’t care about the masses. Government should do something about these defectors