No fewer than 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Peoples Redemption Party ,PRP and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Receiving the defectors at a ceremony held at the Government Lodge in Dass, PDP chairman in the area, Alhaji Sani Korau, welcomed the defectors to the ruling party.
According to Korau, from the inception of the Fourth Republic in 1999, Dass was never in the opposition until recently as a result of certain reasons, which he said had been politically resolved.
The party local government chairman disclosed that the resolution of the issues had made it possible for PDP to experience mass return of the former members back to the party.
In his speech at the event, PDP state deputy chairman, Bala Hadith, while urging the new members to support the party for the betterment of the state and the country at large, declared that the PDP was not only a united party but also the most powerful political party in Africa.
Also in her address, the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Maryam Garba Bagel, said the defection was a great development for PDP, saying that it was mandatory for members to work hard for the party’s success in the state, particularly in Dass LGA in view of the good works going on in the state under the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad.
Other speakers at the event urged people of the local government area to continue to support PDP’s transformation efforts in the state and also continuously support Governor Mohammed for him to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
Those who spoke on behalf of the defectors from their respective parties submitted that they were motivated to defect to the PDP by the giant strides being recorded by the Governor Mohammed administration in the state.
The highlight of the defection of the ceremony was burning of brooms, being the symbol of the ruling APC, by those who left the party to publicly renounce their former political party.