Two former commissioners in Nasarawa State during the administration of Governor Akwe Doma, Saturday, formally decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Mr. Doma, who is the immediate past governor of the state, led on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and is still a member of the party.
Yusuf Loko, who served as Commissioner for Education, and Mustapha Abdullahi, former Information Commissioner, were among the prominent Nasarawa politicians who joined the APC during its presidential campaign in Lafia on Saturday.
Others who decamped include Mohammed Iyimoga, a member of the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt and former Commissioner for Agriculture in Nasarawa; Tanko Zubairu, former Chief of Staff to Mr. Doma; ex-senator John Danboyi; 9 councillors and some aggrieved PDP aspirants who lost during the party’s primary elections.
The defectors were received at the Lafia square when the campaign of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, visited Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
Mr .Danboyi, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said that they had seen the light and decided to follow the right part. He promised to work for the victory of their new party at the 2015 general elections.
The event, which paralyzed business activities in the Lafia city centre, saw thousands of people troop to Lafia square, venue of the event, waiting for close to 12 hours for Mr. Buhari who arrived around 5.45 p.m.
Despite heavy security presence, the crowd defied security instructions and climbed the roofs of business premises to catch a glimpse of the APC presidential candidate.
In his speech, Mr. Buhari said if given the mandate, he will revitalize the solid minerals sector to compliment the petroleum sector in other to provide employment for Nigerian youth.
He said agriculture will be given a face lift to accommodate new technology to fast track employment opportunities in the sector.
Mr. Buhari, who also commissioned the newly built Lafia Square, venue of the occasion, also promised to tackle the security challenges facing the country.
While receiving the party’s governorship flag for the state from the national chairman, John Oyegun, Governor Umaru Al-Makura commended the people of the state for the support given to him in 2011. He urged them not to relent in their efforts to ensure that the APC emerges victorious in the coming elections.
“We are not here to abuse anybody or fight anybody, but we are here to appreciate the good people of the state to tell you that what they had done in 2011 governorship election, this is the time to repeat it even much better,” the governor said.
“I want to tell the people of Nasarawa state that we have come as a party to respect the rule of law, social justice and ensure infrastructural development”.
Also speaking, a former governor of the state, Abdullahi Adamu, said he was sure the APC would wrestle power from PDP in the presidential election.
Mr. Adamu, who represents Nasarawa West in the Senate, said the large turnout was a sign that Nigerians were behind the APC.