The ruling All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, in Yobe State on Tuesday recorded mass influx of top People Democratic Party, PDP, stalwarts into its fold as the party held its last gathering ahead of its Saturday convention that would lead to its merger with others into theAll Progressives Congress, APC.
More than a thousand renowned party members of the state’s opposition PDP were officially received in a mammoth gathering of stakeholders at the Government House, Damaturu.
Top amongst those cross-carpeting from PDP to ANPP with the motive of being part of the new APC include the state’s former deputy governor, Aliyu Bagare; a former PDP Senator, Adamu Talba; the state’s former speaker, Tijjani Zakariya; and a former House of Representatives member, Hassan Jonga.
Most of the decamped members being received by the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, were one-time members of the ANPP who left in 2007 as a result of some internal wrangling.
The governor’s political adviser, Mala Buni, who was credited for enabling the return of the former ANPP members, said most returnees had testified the obvious that the PDP is a sinking party.
A former Yobe State Governor, Bukar Ibrahim, who welcomed the returning members, told the gathering that APC has suddenly become a darling party to most PDP politicians because of its capacity to wrestle power from the hands of the PDP.
Mr. Talba, a renowned grassroots politician, said though he was elected as a PDP senator in 2012, he regrets the pains, sufferings and anguish he suffered in the party.
“PDP is a party of wolves and vipers who carry fangs that could kill anybody,” he said.
Mr. Gaidam assured all that were received into the party that they would be treated, even within the few days in the life of the ANPP before the Saturday merger, as equal partners.
He said the returnees “have exhibited a high sense of political judgment in their decision to rejoin our great party.”
“I believe that their experiences must have led them to the inevitable conclusion that our nation and generation unborn have no future under PDP rule in Nigeria.” said Governor Gaidam.
Members of ANPP, led by the party chairman, Sani Nguru, attested to the sincere leadership of Mr. Gaidam, which they said aided their easy acceptance and belief in the new party they would coalesce into on Saturday.
The ANPP is one of the four major parties merging into the APC. The others are the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change, and a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party.