By Atekojo Ejima
The erstwhile Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Alhaji Bature Masari and thousands of his supporters have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina.
The former SMEDAN DG, a nephew to Gov. Aminu Masari, served as campaign Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Musa Nashuni in the 2015 election. Masari’s defection alongside thousands of his supporters which was monitored by DAILY ASSET were received by Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari at the Government House, Katsina on Thursday.
After receiving the defectors, the governor said, he would remain a father to all Katsina people irrespective of their religious and political differences, adding that the defection was a victory of the party in the state in 2019. In his remarks, Masari said that they decided to join APC because of the quality leadership being offered by the governor. He assured that they were ready to build the party and ensure its victory in 2019 general elections, noting that the APC in the State has demonstrated itself as a party that has people at heart.
Meanwhile, the state APC Chairman, Alhaji Shittu Shittu, escaped mob attack after the occasion. Observers said the development might not be unconnected with his remarks at the occasion, in which he expressed doubt about the genuineness of the defectors.
Shitu had said in his remarks that, “I did not know Masari very well; I knew you campaigned against us when we were in the struggle in 2015. I hope you have not come here to deceive us and then go away.” The Chairman was later rescued by security agents.