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PDP receives mammoth defectors from APC, others in Taraba

By Charles Akpeji (Jalingo) and Mansur Aramide (Gombe)
14 November 2022   |   4:15 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State, led by Governor Darius Ishaku and the Chairman, Inuwa Bakari, yesterday, received a huge number of defectors from the Taraba South senatorial district.

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APC, PDP supporters join NNPP in Gombe

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State, led by Governor Darius Ishaku and the Chairman, Inuwa Bakari, yesterday, received a huge number of defectors from the Taraba South senatorial district.

The defectors, most of whom were reportedly members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), joined the PDP at the flag-off of Ishaku’s senatorial campaign in Wukari Local Council.

However, APC and PDP supporters in Kaltungo Local Council of Gombe State, yesterday, joined the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

Governorship candidate of NNPP, Khamisu Mailantarki, and other party chieftains received the defectors.

In Taraba, The Guardian observed, Ishaku handed the new PDP members, led by former House of Assembly Speaker, Josiah Kente, to the party chairman.

The defectors said the governor’s ability to restore peace to the state necessitated their return to PDP.

Citing the creation of numerous chiefdoms in the state as one of their major reasons, they said they returned to PDP to assist in catapulting it to the heights ahead of the general elections in 2023.

Calling on the electorate to support the party’s governorship candidate and other candidates, Ishaku noted: “I need somebody who will build on the foundation my deputy and I laid.”

On his part, the deputy governor, Haruna Manu, who is also the PDP senatorial candidate for Taraba Central, urged the people to come out en masse and vote wisely during the election.
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The governorship candidate, Kefas Agbu, described the exodus of APC followers in Taraba South to the PDP as a justification for a job well done by the latter.

Optimistic that PDP in the state will retain power come the next political dispensation, the governor, according to him, does not need to campaign, adding: “We have already finished the campaign; all we need now is for all the eligible voters to come out and vote.”

Mailantarki described the Gombe defectors’ decision as a great success for NNPP, promising to always carry them along in all his political activities.

He said both PDP and APC had been opportune to rule the state in the past, but “they had not performed according to the people’s expectations.”

Promising that NNPP would provide a better alternative in the next political dispensation, he urged the defectors to mobilise people widely in their localities.

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