Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State welcomed a group of former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area who have made the decision to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) and pledge their support for the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Ododo Ahmed Usman, in the upcoming Kogi 2023 elections.
These defectors hail from the local government of Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who recently resigned his membership from the APC.
Led by the former caretaker Chairman of Igalamela Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, along with Hon. Adama Sani and Aikoye Anu, the defectors from Ajaka Ward 1 and 2 have joined the APC.
Notable PDP leaders who have also defected to the APC include Ahmed Mahmud, former President of the PDP National Youth Movement, and Saidatu Ogohi, the Ajaka Ward 1 Women Leader.
Governor Bello expressed his gratitude to the defectors for acknowledging the achievements of his administration and choosing to join the APC. He emphasized that the APC, as a progressive party, welcomes all individuals who are willing to contribute to the development of the state. The governor assured the former PDP members that they will enjoy equal rights and opportunities within the APC, just like the existing members.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Abdullahi Ibrahim explained that their decision to join the APC was based on the remarkable accomplishments of the current administration, which have positively impacted all local government areas in Kogi State.
He specifically highlighted the rehabilitation of the Umomi-Akpagidigbo-Ugwolawo-Ajaka-Idah road, a significant infrastructure project in Igalamela, as a key reason for their support for Governor Bello and his party.
Abdullahi further mentioned that Governor Bello’s achievements have led to an influx of opposition party members joining the APC, and they are determined not to be left behind.
Abdullahi expressed their readiness to work towards securing victory for the APC in the upcoming governorship election.
He commended Governor Bello and the APC for selecting Hon. Ododo Ahmed Usman as their candidate, stating that Ododo’s seven years of experience working with the current administration, along with his compassionate nature, make him the right candidate to sustain the developmental progress achieved by the present government.