Abdullahi Idris, the minister of Transport under former President Goodluck Jonathan, was among other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe state who left the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Their defection came at a time the Peoples Democratic Party was counting its loss following its defeat at the Ondo governorship election.
[caption id="attachment_1064157" align="alignnone" width="477"] Former minister Abdullahi Idris[/caption]
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the APC won the election after defeating PDP's Eyitayo Jegede and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the defectors to the APC are a former deputy governor of Gombe state, Lazerus Yoriyo, a former member of the House of Representative, Saidu Alkali, and a former PDP youth leader, Habu Mu’azu.
Speaking at a rally in Dadin Kowa on Sunday, November 27, Idris said he reached the decision with other members to leave the PDP for the APC so as to bring positive development to the state.
According to him, the decampees would collaborate with other APC leaders to contribute positively to the success of the party in the state as well as in Nigeria.
He pleaded with the APC in the state to operate an open-door policy, so as to attract more people into the party.
Receiving the decampees, Adamu Pata, the APC zonal vice chairman for Gombe Central, said the new entrants would be treated equally with others as their defection was good for the party ahead of future elections in the state.
Another leader in the APC, Kabiru Kukan-Daka, also assured the defectors that they would be fully supported throughout their stay in the party and that their experiences would be vital.
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He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as an end to the security crisis in the north-east.
The chairman of the APC in Yamaltu/Deba local government area, Sule Makaniki, appealed to members and supporters of the party to unite while assuring that the new members would not be discriminated against.