PDP to APC
On Saturday, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Adamawa State officially received a host of influential defectors into its fold with a promise to retain the People's Democratic Party (PDP) governorship seat in 2023.
Among those officially invited into the party are Mr Bala Ngillari, former PDP state governor; Ishaku Abbo, former PDP senator for the Adamawa North Zone; Emmanuel Bello, Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate for state governorship in 2019; and Sen Abdulazeez Nyako, African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for governorship in 2019.
Generally, all the personalities entered the APC with their supporters.
The case of Abdulazeez Nyako of ADC was especially so as it was a virtual collapse of the entire party system after earlier merger talks with the APC, although a ceremony is scheduled for a later date to give legal teeth to this merger
The leading new members talked through delegates, both of whom had been able to play ground for both new and old APC members.
They all also pledged the kind of support the APC will need to take the seat of governorship from Ahmadu Fintiri of the PDP in 2023.
They spoke against the broad impression that because of disunity in the APC, the APC whose Jibrilla Bindow was governor and party nominee for the 2019 election, lost the election.
Our correspondent recalls that Abdulazeez Nyako, who was APC Senator, left the APC as the governorship candidate for ADC, although during the general election the two famous APC governorship candidates who lost the ticket to Bindow did not campaign for Bindow.
The new members urged the leadership of the APC to work out ways of cementing unity to enable the party to speak with one voice in 2023.
Responding, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, the State APC Caretaker Chairman, assured all new and old members of fair play.
He said that in any event, the APC would be a totally new party in terms of membership as all members would be accepted as new to its upcoming registration exercise.