Over 4,000 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Keffi and Kokona local government areas of Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the defectors were formally received into the PDP fold at Keffi and Garaku, by the state’s chairman of the party, Yunana Illiya.
While performing this task, Illiya commended the decision of the decampees and urged members of other political parties in the state to emulate them.
He assured them that the party would continue to initiate programmes aimed at bringing development to the people, while canvassing for votes from the electorates in the upcoming local government elections in the state.
The chairman said that if elected, the party would embark on massive construction of rural roads to open up the rural areas in the state, adding that the plight of women, children, persons with disabilities as well as other vulnerable groups would also be given top priority by the party.
While appreciating the people for sustaining peace in the two council areas, Iliya urged them to maintaining the culture of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, Ibrahim Anfani, said that their decision to join the PDP was informed by the leadership style of those elected under the party’s platform across the state.
Anfani said that most of the people elected under the platform of the PDP had carried everybody along irrespective of tribal, religious and political inclination in the state.