The Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost no fewer than 2,343 supporters to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The defectors were received by the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Saidu Umar, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, during the inauguration of the Ubandoma/Sagir Mainiyo Old Market Development Association.
Saidu Umar charged the defectors to deploy all their past experiences toward ensuring the victory of the party in the coming elections.
Umar in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, assured the defectors that they would be carried along in all the activities of the party, especially as the campaigns had commenced.
Outlining his agenda on empowerment programmes, Umar said his administration, if elected, will provide opportunities for the youths and women in the state.
He commended the chairman of the association, Abdulrashid Maccido, for empowering men and women in the area and urged other business people in the party to emulate the gesture.
Accompanied at the event yesterday is the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Abdullahi Maigwandu; Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries, Abdulqadir Junaidu; and the Commerce and Industry commissioner, Bashir Gidado.
Others were the Local Government Council Chairmen of Sokoto North and Sokoto South, Mustapha Shehu Sokoto and Faruku Sayudi, respectively.
This comes barely a month after the APC lost over 200 supporters to PDP in Kebbi State.
The defectors were said to have been welcomed into the PDP by the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Gen Aminu Bande (rtd); the Director General of the governorship campaign council, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu, Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Sani Dododo and other chieftains of the PDP in the state.
The defectors, who are said to be 216 in total, were from the Kofar Kola area of the state, an area believed to be a stronghold of the nation’s ruling party.
Reports revealed that the defectors include 134 male and 84 female APC members in the area.
Notable politicians among them are Alhaji Atiku Bandado, Alhaji Gwandu Mai Kifi, Alhaji Yahaya Lele, a former special assistant to the governor, and Alhaji A.M. BK, a former provost of the Adamu Augie College of Education in the state.