In the continuing gale of defections on the Nigerian political scene, around 1,500 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have dumped the ruling party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina state. Vanguard reports that the defection occurred in Randa town, Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State on Friday, February 3.
The defections were confirmed by Katsina state PDP chairman Salisu Majigiri, who said the party had constituted reception committee to receive defectors that included the APC leader in Randa Mustapha Radda, who was APC’s youth mobilisation officer in the state from 2010 to 2016. Speaker for the defectors, Radda said he decided to join the PDP to rescue his people from alleged maltreatment. He said: “We have done a lot for the APC, but today my people especially the youths that I mobilised have nothing to show for it. We did not benefit from the APC poverty alleviation programme meant to rescue women and youths from poverty; we have presented several requests to those that matter but we were rejected.”