A former Chief Whip of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Alhaji Bello Yahayya Wurno, three
former elected Chairmen of Rabah Local Government , a former Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and a former Caretaker Councillor and over 20687 other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress ( APC).
This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Bashir Rabe Mani, Dan Masanin Mani ans issued to newsmen in Sokoto.
The statement said that , the decampees were received into the fold of the party at the flag off of the Sokoto State Eastern Zone Campaign in Wurno and Rabah towns, respectively .
The statement said that, some of the prominent defectors in Wurno Local Government include Alhaji Bello Yahayya Wurno, Alhaji Abubakar Hamma’Ali and Alhaji Chika Hamma’Ali, former Public Relations Officer, as well as Secretary of the PDP In Hamma’Ali ward , respectively.
Speaking on their behalf , Alhaji Bello Yahayya Wurno said that, they joined APC because of the prevailing justice, fairness and equity , as well as the tangible achievements of Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko when he was the Governor of the state between 2007 and 2015.
In Rabah Local Government, the prominent defectors include three former elected Chairmen of the area : Alhaji Mohammed Rabah, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed Rabah , Alhaji Ango Shehu Rabah and a former Vice Chairman, Alhaji Alhassan Ibrahim Rarah.
Others were : A former member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Tsamiya
, a former Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Alhaji Husseini Gandi and a former Caretaker Councillor, Alhaji Tukur Mohammed, among others .
Speaking on their behalf, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed Rabah averred that, they left their former party because, ” there is no any other party like the APC. ”
The leader of the party in the state, the Chairman of the Northern Senators Forum, Senator Aliyu
Magatakarda Wamakko, promised that they will be treated fairly, justly and equally, like the older members of the party .
He described Rabah town as historic and key , as it is the home town of the Iconic leader of the North, the late Premier of Northern Nigeria , Sir Ahmadu Bello , the Sardauna of Sokoto.
Senator Wamakko, who repesents Sokoto North Senatorial District also lashed at all those abusing and disparaging President Muhammadu Buhari, saying, ” anybody doing so is either a fool, from a less prominent house or indisciplined, disrespectful family .”
The Chairman of the Campaign Council, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi and the state party chairman, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida, expressed optimism that, APC would win the forthcoming general elections, at all levels, with a landslide victory .
The Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto and his running mate, Alhaji Faruku Malami Yabo , promised to strive to emulate Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko , when eventually elected .
The duo happily recalled that, the tenure of Senator Wamakko as a Governor of the state between 2007 and 2015, had remained unsurpassed, saying, ” we will continue from where he stopped in 2015, In sha Allahu. ”