The majority of the members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, viz. 27 out of 30 members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to reports, only three members of the assembly – Bala Musa, representing Yabo, Mustapha Hurumi representing Bodinga South and Gatau Mustapha of Isa constituency – had remained in the PDP.
The Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Lawalli Zayyana announced the defection on Wednesday. NAN reports that the defected members immediately brought out brooms to celebrate their move after the announcement of their names by the speaker.
It would be recalled that Gov. Aliyu Wamakko and his supporters had since defected to the APC, while his Deputy, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari had remained in the PDP.
Shagari had at a recent news conference in Sokoto said that his loyalty to the party and President Goodluck Jonathan was intact. Althought the deputy governor claimed that his relationship with Wamakko was still cordial
The PDP Umbrella Torn Apart
The members decided to move to the APC to follow the state governor, Aliyu Wamakko, who was one of the five governors (Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara announced in October their decision to defect to the APC) that defected to the APC.
“We are moving in line the decision of his Excellency Governor Aliyu Wamakko to also move over to the APC.
And of course the crisis in the PDP, which led to the factionalisation of the party at both state and national level, also made us leave,” The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Malami Basakkwace, said.