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Ex-minister joins APC in Kebbi


APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun

Former Minister of Sports and member of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Samaila Baralabe Sambawa has defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kebbi State with his supporters.

Meanwhile, in Imo State, President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero, has expressed his intention to aspire for the office of the governor claiming that the APC-led administration of Governor Rochas Okoroca is causing hardship among civil servants by paying half salary.

While accepting the defector, the Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu assured that the new entrants would be given equal opportunities and be allowed to contribute their quotas to the development of the state and the country in general.

It would be recalled that Sambawa, who served as a Minister of Internal Affairs, Foreign, Sports and Youths Development, under the PDP administration once decided to quit active politics but changed his mind to join the ruling party yesterday.

Explaining reasons behind his decision, Sambawa said he joined APC due to the quality of leadership President Muhammad Buhari and Governor Bagudu have offered so far both at the federal and state levels.

Said he, “You will all agree with me that relative peace, security of lives and property are being witnessed across the country, which was as a result of the concerted efforts, determination and personal commitment of Mr. President.”

He also cited the administration’s efforts in the tremendous agricultural revival programme under the famous Anchor Borrowers Programme that has gone a long way in redirecting the diversification policy of the government towards rice production. This he said has enabled the country attains food sufficiency, economic growth and sustainable empowerment of our people.”

Sambawa said he and his supporters are also proud of the leadership style of Bagudu, stressing that it was amazing that electricity supply in the state has improved tremendously.

According to him, “Another interesting dimension provided to the quest for good governance drive in Kebbi State is translated in the ability of the government to invest massively in education, rural development, health care delivery and youth empowerment.”

To him these attributes, which the APC leadership have demonstrated are enough to attract any principled and well meaning politicians to want to contribute his quota, saying, there is the need to contribute meaningfully to the general wellbeing and prosperity of the people of Kebbi and Nigerians.

In his remarks, the APC Chairman in the state, Attairu Maccido, welcomed the new members promising they would be treated equally and that the APC doors is open to other political parties.

But making his intention known in Owerri, the unionist, said he was working in collaboration with a movement backed by legion of masses.

In the declaration, which he titled: ‘Imo Workers and Masses Mandate 2019’ Ajaero, said he was disgusted by the avalanche of ill -administration in the state, which required urgent surgical operation of possibly forcing the APC-led administration.

Accompanied by a former Imo State chairman of the APC, Marshal Okafor, he said, “The most injured are the workers, who worked to earn living.”

Insisting that Okorocha must pay all the salary arrears his administration owed before the 2019 election, Ajeros added: “If ULC does not have the money to fund its campaign, we have the people. It is inappropriate to misappropriate our money and use the same to buy us.

“I am not doing it as ULC president, but I am doing it as the son of Imo and the people are proud of it. I am not coming to earn salary in Imo. I will be doing what I am doing. It is not I asking for this, it is we. That is my covenant with Imo people that we are going to fix the state. We are going to force them out.”

He said those expected to provide good governance in Imo have abdicated their responsibilities to the people. They have abandoned us to our fate. They have turned their backs on us after mismanaging our votes and turned us into objects of ridicule.”

He however promised to make known the platform on which he planned to achieve his governorship ambition later.

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