Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The depletion of the ranks of the Peoples Democratic part continued on Tuesday as it lost 2,000 members in Guzamala Local Government, northern Borno State, led by the chairman, Lawan Kuru, and former secretary, Tijjani Goni, to the All Progressives Congress, APC
The defecting members who assembled at the Maiduguri Government House alleged that their loyalty to the PDP for about 12 years has not impacted on them positively as they remain neglected and their area underdeveloped.
Goni who spoke on behalf of the decampees lamented that many of their children were yet to be employed after completing their academic studies in various tertiary institutions and that their was nothing at all to show for all their years of service to the ruling party.
“They are not getting the benefit of dividends of democracy, we want our children that have gone to school to get employment. We want adevelopment for our people. We are decamping to APC for better,” he complained.
Continuing, Goni stated: “We are leaving PDP because of what the government in Borno is doing now. We decided to join the government on our volition; nobody persuaded us or forced us. We were not induced at all.”
Governor Kashim Shettima hailed the defecting group for the decision and welcomed them warmly to the APC fold, while urging them to patiently support the party to achieve great success in the state in the forth coming elections.