By Peter Uwumarogie, Dukku.
No fewer than 616 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Dukku Local Government Area (LGA) of Gombe State on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An ex-chieftain of PDP, Alhaji Kwairanga Dukku, led the new entrants, including women and youth leaders, from different wards within the local government area into the APC.
Dukku attributed their decision to good and purpose-driven leadership style of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State.
Also speaking, Alhaji Bappah Maru, a former member of the PDP Elders’ Forum, said the efforts of the current administration in the state in the provision of potable water in the area convinced him to join the APC.
Umaru said their decision to defect to the APC was to appreciate the governor’s people-oriented policies towards improving the wellbeing of the people.
Welcoming the new members, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya said that the APC-led state government had entrenched good governance.
Yahaya, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Muhammad Magaji, said that the large number of people joining APC showed there was no hope for the opposition parties in the state in 2023.
“With the calibre of defectors received in Dukku LGA, the APC in Gombe State has been further fortified and this means that our chances in 2023 are getting brighter,” he added.
The Vice Chairman of APC in Dukku LGA, Alhaji Yahya Kole, lauded Yahaya for delivering on his mandate to transform the state.
He said: “This is why APC has become a party that everyone wants to join and we will keep receiving new members.”