Umaru Bature, a son-in-law to Aliyu Gusau, a former National Security Adviser, has dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He immediately joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in Sokoto state.
Mr. Bature, a former member of the House of Representatives from Sokoto State and long-time associate of Governor Aminu Tambuwal, was presented with a membership card of his new party at the Sokoto North party office on Monday.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Bature said he felt at home in his new party.
He said he was part of negotiations that led to the setting up of the APC but that due to some differences, he remained in the PDP.
“I thank Governor Tambuwal and other leaders of APC in Sokoto, notably Umaru Kwabo and Senator Aliyu Wamakko for making me realize that my services are needed here,” the former lawmaker said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to give my best among my friends for the development of our state.
“I urge all my supporters to know of this decision (of joining APC) and follow suit by picking up their membership cards. Together we will make Sokoto greater.”
In his remarks, the APC chairman for Sokoto North LGA, Muhammad Dangoggo, commended Mr. Bature for joining the APC, saying the party was now laying solid foundation for the unity, stability and progress of Sokoto State and Nigeria.
“Our change mantra is gaining foothold across the country and we are making necessary impact. We are instilling moral and ethical values, and very soon, the result of our efforts will be very glaring for all to see,” Mr. Dangoggo said.