No fewer than 370,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Jigawa have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The National Chairman of APC and eight governors on the party’s platform, received the defectors in Dutse on Sunday, amid jubilation
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the governors present at the occasion were Bindo Jibrila (Adamawa), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), and Bello Masari (Katsina).
Others were Muhammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Kasim Shetima (Borno), Abdulazeez Yari (Zamfara), and Hafiz Abubakar, Deputy Governor of Kano State.
Receiving defectors, the National Chairman of APC, John Oyegun, said the calibre of the defectors was an indication that APC was on the right track.
Mr. Oyegun said that anyone who truly loved Nigeria and believed in the leadership of President Muhammad Buhari to lead the country to path of greatness was always welcome to the party.
He commended Governor Muhammad Badaru for his good leadership in the state which he said led to the harvest of former PDP chieftains in the state.
In his remarks, Mr. Badaru, who said that the number of defectors was more than 370,000, pledged that APC would be fair to them and that they would be treated like the old members of the party.
The defectors included 16 serving local government chairmen, and Ibrahim Khalid, the state Chairman, Association of Local Government Chairmen (ALGON).
Eight serving Vice-Chairmen of local councils in the state and Lawal Abdu, the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, were also among the defectors.
The list also has Hameed Malammadori, former Minister of Power and Steel, and Saminu Turaki former Governor of the state.
Mustapha Kiyawa, former member, House of Representatives; Bashir Adamu, Yusuf Galambi and some members of the House were also among the defectors received at the event.
Bashir Adamu, who spoke on behalf of defectors, said they defected because they were no longer comfortable with the PDP.
Mr. Adamu pledged to work with the party at all levels to bring the needed positive change to the people.