No fewer than 250 card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe state were yesterday received into the fold of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The new state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Shuaibu Sabulu, while receiving the decampees from all the ten electoral wards of the LGA, who include some APC ward chairmen, said the decampees are joining the party at the right time when indication has shown that the landmark achievements of the ruling PDP would help the party win again in the state in 2015 elections.
He said all of them now have equal membership in the party and promised that their loyalty would be richly rewarded if they contribute to the success in the 2015 elections.
He assured them that they are now in a new democratic environment where internal party democracy is being practiced to the fullest, “as PDP does not allow discrimination in its fold”.
Earlier, while presenting the decampees to the state Chairman of the party, the PDP Chairman in Shongom Local Area, Hon. Ibrahim Saidu Makama, said they made the right decision in joining the winning train in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, former APC Chairman in Filiya ward, Mallam Habu Ali, said he had to join the PDP due to the purposeless leadership being exhibited in the APC and the landmark achievement of the Dankwambo administration in the state.
Mrs. Kurayi Musa from Lapan ward who spoke on behalf of the women said many APC women are now joining the PDP because of the all-inclusive government of the Dankwambo administration where only recently, more than 1,000 women were appointed Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants and Personal Assistants.