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PDP suffers new defections blow

16 September 2013, 09:00Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has been by another round of defections.

More than 30 members in Borno State have defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC), a coalition of local opposition parties.

CAJ News gathered that the 31 members, who defected at the weekend, were members of the campaign organisation of PDP candidate Mohammed Goni, during the 2011 governorship election.

This weekend's defection brings the tally to 63, persons who have now left PDP to join the APC in the state.

Two weeks ago, 32 leaders of the PDP, among them 15 State executives and 17 executives of the party in Hawul local government area of the State also left the party for APC.

Engineer Kabir Wanori, Secretary of Planning and Strategy in Mohammed Goni's campaign organisation, who led the latest group to the Government House at the weekend to announce the defection of 31 members of the organization.

“They have since realized that no true Borno man has business working for the PDP given the manner in which the PDP led Federal Government showed lackadaisical attitude in assisting the State in the darkest days of the Boko Haram insurgency,” he said.

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, expressed his appreciation and told the new APC members that they will not be regarded as decampees because they came at the formation level of the APC.

He maintained that the group and others that previously defected to the party had rights equal to those of officials and members of the other parties who merged to form the APC.

He assured them of level playing ground and fair play while calling on them to help his administration in its determination to reinvent the Borno State.

- CAJ News


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