More than 12,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State’s Giwa Local Government Area (LGA), promising to aid the party in winning the 2023 elections.
Senator Uba Sani, the party’s candidate for governor, and the APC state chairman, Emmanuel Jakada, welcomed the defectors, who also included a former commissioner and PDP women and youth leaders from Giwa, at a rally held in the local government.
In his welcome speech, Sani said that the PDP’s apparent daily membership decline in the state was a sign that the main opposition group will soon vanish, even before the general elections.
In spite of their new memberships, he assured the defectors that they would have equal opportunities within the APC and urged them to support all of the party’s candidates in the elections of 2023.
“We’re convinced that Giwa LGA will vote for our party APC and that PDP is dead here. We’re glad to inform you that 12,870 members of PDP have decamped to APC today. We want to assure you that you all are welcome to our great party. We’re glad to inform you that the women’s leader of the PDP is back with us,” Sani said.
The APC Chairman, Emmanuel Jakada, thanked the new members for leaving the party and said the party has given the people of Kaduna State many democratic benefits.
“We’re happy that that the people of Giwa LGA have realised that our great party APC is the most trusted. We’re grateful to our new members and we will work with them. We encourage them to get more people to join our party. We believe, come 2023, we will win all positions,” he said.