The All Progressives Congress in Yobe State said on Friday it received into its fold an estimated 26,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Dogo, who is the Chairman of the Contact, Mobilisation and Reconciliation Committee of the Yobe APC, said these number cut across seven of the 17 local government areas of the state.
He said the defectors were from Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Yunusari, Nangere. Gulani, Geidam and Bursari local government areas.
Dogo added that in all the local government areas, all the chairmen and the local government executive members among others, denounced membership of the PDP and had thrown their weight behind the APC in “the search for a better and purposeful leadership.”
He promised the defectors that APC would carry them along in its programmes, saying they would never regret leaving the PDP.
Dogo said, “I am happy you now realise and denounce membership of the PDP by shifting your loyalty to the APC. Let me assure you that you will never regret joining the APC because the party will carry all of you along in its programmes and you will be treated just like any other old member of the party.”
The former PDP chairman of Damaturu Local Government, Alhaji Ibrahim Talio, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said they left the PDP because of “serious injustice they suffered over the years and expressed optimism that APC will surely be better.”
He praised the progress recorded so far by the APC government in the state, expressing the hope that similar transformation would be recorded at the national level when the APC clinches power at the centre.
The seven defected party chairmen and some selected former PDP executive members attended the ceremony held in Damaturu, the state capital.
At the moment, all elected members of the local government and state administrations as well as the National Assembly belong to the APC.