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Ishaku’s aides explain reason for defecting to APC



Barely 24 hours after the massive exodus of over 50,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties’ members in Taraba State to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP again suffered another setback, as two aides to the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, have left PDP for APC.

The two aides, who announced their resignation from Ishaku’s administration and departure from the PDP, yesterday, said they left on personal grounds. An aide to the governor, Abdullahi Ade, had last week resigned to pitch tent with the APC.


Declaring their intention to join the APC, the two aides, Fidelis Francis and Kyauta Audu, said the absence of internal democracy in the PDP necessitated their exit from the party. Speaking for the decamping aides, Fidelis Francis, nonetheless, said leaving PDP was accidental.

The duo, declaring for the APC in the presence of former governor of Kebbi State, Saidu Usman Dankigari, who was in the state for the party’s ward congresses, said being in PDP was like being in a house where hatred, bitterness, malice, acrimony, backbiting and backstabbing were the order of the day.

Accepting the defectors, APC state chairman, Barrister Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, said more PDP members have signified interest to join APC to wrestle power from the ruling party come 2023.

Beside Dakingari and ward congress committee members from the party’s national headquarters that witnessed the movement of Ishaku’s aides to APC, the Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman, and the senator representing Taraba Central, Abubakar A. Yusuf, were also on ground to receive the defectors.


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