Mass defection shook the Katsina State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, when 5,000 members of the ruling party defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in the state’s Matazu and Musawa Local Government Areas (PDP).
Hon. Ali Maikano, the defectors’ leader, said they decided to join the main opposition party due to what he called injustice meted out by the APC leadership during the state primaries.
Maikano, who ran for the APC ticket to represent the Matazu/Musawa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said they abandoned the party because of its leaders’ undemocratic ideas.
Receiving the defectors in Matazu, the State PDP Chairman, Hon. Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, assured them of fairness and equity in their new party, adding that PDP remained an indivisible and united party in the state.
He said: “Today (Saturday), we received over 5,000 APC members from Matazu and Musawa Local Governments led by Ali Maikano and Isa Abba into our great party the PDP.
“As new members, I assure you of all rights accrued to the rest of our members. We will ensure that you benefit from every opportunity regarding the welfare.