A faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state, North-west Nigeria, has defected to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
The spokesman of the NNPP Campaign Council Sunusi Dawakin-Tofa announced this via a statement on Sunday in Kano.
According to the statement, the decampees were received into the fold of the NNPP by its National Chairman Prof. Rufa’i Alkali and the party’s presidential candidate’s running mate, Isaac Idahosa, at a ceremony held in Kano.
It quoted the PDP factional leader, Shehu Sagagi, as saying that they dumped the party due to lack of internal democracy and nepotism by its national leadership.
Sagagi said that he defected alongside 36 state executive members, over 700 local government executives, 8,000 ward executives, 44 national delegates and 1,452 ward delegates.
‘Politics is a game of numbers, we are optimistic that the NNPP presidential candidate Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso will take us to victory at both national and state levels.
‘The PDP sabotaged itself in states like Kano by allowing the likes of Sen. Kwankwaso to defect in spite of his massive followership, not only in the state but the nation at large.
‘To us this is a homecoming. We are real politicians and we have joined a political party that plays real politics.
‘I am happy to rejoin Sen. Kwankwaso once again a year after our departure,’Sagagi was quoted as having said in the statement.
The statement also quoted the NNPP national chairman Alkali as having congratulated the decampees on the wise decision to join the NNPP.
It further quoted the NNPP vice-presidential candidate Prof. Idahosa as being optimistic of the party’s victory at the polls with the massive support and historic defection being recorded.