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PDP Gov Aspirants Defect To APC… PDP Says It’s A Lie Atiku’s Campaign DG Didn’t Join APC

Former Ambassador to South Africa Musa Ibeto on Saturday led three other governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress, The Nation reports.

Among the defectors are Alhaji Mohammed Baka, Alhaji Hannafi Sudan and Alhaji Dogo Koli, all aspirants in the PDP governorship primaries.

Ibeto had resigned his appointment as the Ambassador to South Africa and defected to the PDP to contest for the governorship candidature but lost to Honorable Umar Nasko.

Ibeto and the other defectors were rman, Niyi Adebayo, during the APC governorship flag off campaign at the trade fair complex in Minna.

Addressing the crowd, Ibeto who was also a former Deputy Governor of Niger state, said: “We have returned home.”

He promised to work for the success of the party in the forthcoming elections.

“We will work to ensure the overwhelming success of APC in February and March elections.

“Just as we did in the past, we will repeat the success. Niger state will be captured by APC,” he stressed.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo expressed optimism that APC would win big at the forthcoming poll.

He said work had been completed on the Baro Port project, which would soon be commissioned as part of effort to boost the economy of the state.

“I want to tell you that President Muhammadu Buhari is very committed to the well-being of Nigerians. The Lagos to Kano railway project is one of such commitments of this administration to ease movement of our people.

“The completion of Baro Port shows that this administration mean well,” he said.

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Osinbajo described Bello as ”a young and hardworking man who deserves another four years to continue with the infrastructure development of the state.”

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He appealed to the people of the state to support the re-election bid of the governor as well as other candidates of APC.

Niger state Governor Abubakar Bello promised to continue works he started in the state.

Notwithstanding, the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) denied reports that a Director-General (DG) in the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign team for the North East, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement issued by PPCO Director Media and Publicity, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Saturday in Abuja, said the report was a lie and desperation to deceive Nigerians.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our campaign organisation does not have a DG in the North East as claimed in the malicious tweet.

“Our Campaign structure only has Zonal Coordinators and our Zonal Coordinator in the North East is Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state.’’

Ologbondiyan noted that Sen. Saidu Kumo, who was being celebrated in the APC as having dumped the Atiku campaign team to join President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, had nothing to do with PPCO and was never assigned any role.

He urged Nigerians to disregard the claims.

“Finally, the PPCO assures all Nigerians, particularly our supporters in the North East that our presidential campaign structure is completely intact and rallying Nigerians in their national consensus to vote in Atiku Abubakar as the next President of Nigeria.’’

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Ologbondiyan said that no amount of fabrications could change the reality.

  • Text {excluding headline} The Nation.

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