From Mohammed Umar, Bauchi
Five Bauchi State House of Assembly members, five aspirants and about 300,000 supporters have dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
The member representing Bauchi Constituency in the state assembly Honourable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on Sunday.
“I and other four members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly dumped the APC for good,” Abdullahi said. He cited injustice in the party and mandate theft in the APC direct primaries, conducted on October 7 as part of their reasons for dumping the party.
“Our people choose us to be candidates while the party leadership refused to give us the mandate. The next option was to opt out of the party,” he said.
According to him, the lawmakers that defected with him are: the deputy speaker, Hon Abdulmumini Fanti, representing Alkaleri Constituency, Hon Ibrahim Katagum, representing Katagum constituency, Hon Auwal Hassan, represrnting Shira Constituency and Yusuf Nuhu, representing Toro constituency.
Hon Nuhu recently won the by-election for Toro Federal Vonstituency on the platform of the APC.
Others according to Hon Abdullahi are two senatorial aspirants who contested for Bauchi South and Bauchi Central Senate districts tickets under the APC, Barrister Lawan Ibrahim and Bappah Misau; two ex-lawmakers, Abdulmumini Ningi and Dayyabu Chiroma.
“We defected alone with 300,000 supporters to PRP to salvage the state,” Abdullahi said.
The Bauchi State PRP chairman, Alhaji Shehu Ningi confirmed that the APC defectors have joined the party after they were cheated by their former party.
He said “Dr Mohammed Ali Pate the party’s governorship candidate in Bauchi State also left the APC and joined the PRP after the controversy which trailed APC primaries.