Having received not less than 373000 party leaders and members of PDP that defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, the Jigawa state governor Badaru Abubakar yesterday declared the final death and burial of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Speaking to the defectors and the rest of the party faithfuls in Dutse, the state capital, Badaru Abubakar said that the people of Jigawa State and Nigerians in general had in May and June voted out the PDP from power and pushed it to its grave side.
The event was graced by the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, 12 state governors, ministers and thousands of APC loyalists from within and out side the state.
Others include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amechi and Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso.
Governor Badaru further stated that the defection of PDP leaders to the APC reveals how the people of Jigawa State have confidence in the present leadership and the APC manifesto to change their lives for the better. He went further to promise to join hands with the APC leaders in the state to make the party a good platform for members without segregation.He however reiterated his commitment to actualize the dreams of the people of Jigawa State who voted for the APC.
In addition to the governor Badaru’s comment, the vice president Yemi Osibanjo who was represented by Hon. Dogara urged Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari administration as the plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver them to the promised land is on track.
Hon. Dogara also pointed out that the National Assembly is determined to pass the 2016 budget at the right time to enable Buhari implement the party’s (APC) manifesto aimed at transforming people’s lives through good governance.
Meanwhile, the party chairman, Odigie-Oyegun added that the APC is the party of all Nigerians. He added that the party is ready to welcome any good citizen who wants to join the party and work according to its philosophy.
On the other hand, the former four terms member representing Kazaure/Roni,Gwuiw/yankwashi federal constituency, Hon Bashir Adamu said they dumped the PDP and joined the APC not for their personal interest, but for the collective interest of Jigawa people and Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the rest of the defectors, Hon Bashir said “Today everybody agreed that the APC is the choice of Jigawa people and Nigeria, so we cannot go against people interest. We joined the APC to contribute our own quotas in war against corruption and bad governance”.
Among those who defected from the PDP to the APC include former SSG, ex-commissioner under ex-Governor Sule Lamido, ex-Reps members, 19 local government chairmen and 93 Councillors elected on the PDP platform and other members across 27 local governments areas of the state.