Over 160,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in various electoral wards across Adamawa State have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, along with other PDP Chieftains including Namadi Sambo, the Vice Presidential candidate and Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and National Chairman of PDP, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, received the decampees on Monday, at the Ribadu Square in Yola.
Receiving the decampees, National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, said: “It is clear everywhere that the PDP is back. Today, we are here to take in new members to the PDP. Very soon, this venue shall be hosting the President of Nigeria, who is your very own son.
“I welcome the new entrants to our party and I, therefore, hand them over to Governor Fintiri. I urge the governor to continue with his good work in making Adamawa better than he met it.”
A statement by Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe, said the former Vice President, also welcomed the decamped new members into the party, promising that he would work with them.
He said: “I have been serving the people since I joined politics 30 years ago and that is my promise to you all today. I believe that Governor Fintiri has done a good job and that we should join hands to make sure he wins his second term election.”
Speaking on behalf of the supporters and the decampees, a member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly from the Fufore Gurin constituency, Shuaibu Babbbas, pledged their loyalty and commitment to the PDP in its quest to oust the APC and fix the broken state of the country’s socio-economic and political fabrics.