The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe State friday received over 26,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly Alhaji Adamu Dala Dogo, who is the Chairman of the contact, mobilisation and reconciliation committee of the Yobe APC, revealed that the number cut across seven of 17 local government areas of the state.
He listed the council areas to as Damaturu, Tarmuwa, Yunusari, Nangere. Gulani, Geidam and Bursari.
He said in all the local government areas, all the chairmen and the Local Government executives among several other followers denounced membership of the PDP and have thrown their weight behind the APC in “the search for a better and purposeful leadership.”
He guaranteed the decamped PDP members that APC would carry them along in its entire programmes saying they will never regret leaving the PDP.
“I am happy you now realised and denounced membership of the PDP by shifting your loyalty to the APC.
“Let me assure you that you will never regret joining the APC because the party will carry all of you along in its programmes and you will be treated just like any other old members of the party” the speaker said.
The former PDP chairman of Damaturu Local Government, Alhaji Ibrahim Talio who spoke on behalf of the decamped members said they left the PDP because of “serious injustice they suffered over the years and expressed optimism that APC would surely be better”
He praised the progress recorded so far by the APC government in the state and hope that similar transformation would be recorded at the national level when APC clinched power at the centre.
The seven decamped chairmen and some selected former PDP executives attended the denouncing ceremony held in Damaturu, the state capital.
Since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999, the PDP has continued to play second fiddle in the state.