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2023: PDP loses as another 11,350 members defect to APC in Katsina

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost another 11,350 members to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina state.

This is coming barely one week after the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari received over 1,760 PDP card-carrying members from Danja LGA into the Katsina APC.

The gale of defection threatening the chances of the main opposition party in the state may not be unconnected with the unresolved leadership tussle between the Lado and Majigiri faction of the Katsina PDP.

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Mashi LGA is the home of the embattled PDP State Chairman, Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, a loyalist of the former state governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema.

The decampees led by Abu Dabo Mashi were received by the Katsina APC Chairman, Alhaji Sani Daura.

Addressing the decampees and other supporters who turned out en masse to receive the Dikko-Jobe governorship campaign team, Dr Dikko Umar Radda reiterated his commitment to treat all members of the party fairly.

Dikko also assured that if he becomes the next governor of the state, he would bring rapid development to the state by prioritizing security, education, healthcare, agriculture, the economy and jobs creation for both women and youths.

He noted that his campaign team currently touring the Daura axis is embarking on ward to ward tour in the area in order not to leave any stone unturned in its bid to serve the state diligently and to the best of his ability if elected in 2023.

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Meanwhile, the decision of a former Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar to endorse the incumbent governor of the state, Bala Mohammed in the 2023 general elections has generated uproar within the All Progressives Congress (APC).

There are indications that Abubakar supports Mohammed, who is a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), against the APC candidate in the state.

The development has seen some members of the APC call for the dismissal of Abubakar from the party. Abubakar, who was the Governor of the state from 2015-2019, was defeated by Mohammed in the 2019 election.

The former Governor and his loyalists believe he was betrayed by top APC members of his party who supported his main rival.

Abubakar endorsed Mohammed for the 2023 election during a dinner organised by the State government in his honour after he was recently nominated a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The former governor had snubbed a dinner earlier organised in his honour by the APC governorship candidate, Sadique Abubakar. Abubakar, while speaking during the dinner in his honour, said he is happy with the magnanimity of the incumbent governor.

He added that he was surprised that Mohammed attended a dinner organised in his honour in Abuja Abubakar said, “This is how politics should be played. It should be played without rancour. Today, PDP is leading in Bauchi, yesterday it was APC. Someone who is in PDP today may join APC tomorrow.

“Since the aim is to develop the state, I’m in full support of the developmental strides he has achieved. I’m very happy if Bauchi is developed. I know so many things will be said about this night, but one thing remains very important my younger brother has set the ball rolling for other politicians.

I ask Allah to guide him as he keeps managing the affairs of this state.” Mohammed said he decided to, for the first time, organise a dinner for an individual because the former governor “has a stake in Bauchi State.”

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