February 10, (THEWILL) – The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), on Saturday, suffered a setback as three Local Government Chairmen elected on its platform defected to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kano State.
The decampees include Ado Tambai Kwa, Chairman of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council, the constituency of the acting National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Kwa dumped the APC and defected to the NNPP alongside his Deputy, Garba Yahaya Labour, and other councillors from Ganduje’s home council.
Similarly, the APC gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 general elections in the state, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, also lost a strong loyalist and Chairman of his Nassarawa Local Government Council, Auwalu Lawan Aramposu, to the NNPP.
Also, Mudassiru Aliyu of the APC and Chairman of Garun Malam Local Government Council defected to the NNPP.
Receiving the decampees and their mammoth supporters at the Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf commended the ingenuity of the former APC members to join the NNPP.
Yusuf assured the decampees of fairness and equal treatment in their new party, stressing that the NNPP would be magnanimous enough to accommodate the entire APC members to serve humanity.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to enhance the social and economic development of the state through massive investment of resources in education, health, agriculture, water resources and human empowerment.
“We are lucky that some of you have recognised the pattern of our leadership and decided to join hands with us on the mission to make Kano great. You are highly welcome home,” the Governor said.
The defection of the APC members to the NNPP came less than three weeks after Ganduje, who is also the immediate past Governor of Kano State, extended an open invitation to Governor Yusuf and other members of the NNPP to join the APC.
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