Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has officially dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The official defection took place in Gusau, the state capital on Tuesday evening at an event attended by some APC governors and chieftains.
The Governor appealed to all stakeholders to join hands with him to move the party and state forward.
Speaking during the defection ceremony, the Zamfara State Governor, “As from today, I Bello Matawallen Maradun, governor of Zamfara State, am happy to announce my defection from the PDP to the APC. As from today, I am a full APC member and leader of APC in Zamfara State.
“I am calling on all APC stakeholders in the state to join hands with me to build the party and move the state forward.”
Matawalle was also presented with the APC flag by Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe and chairman of the APC caretaker committee.
Buni also announced Matawalle as the new leader of the PC in Zamfara State and dissolved the party executives at all levels in the state.
“I am happy to announce that APC has received Matawalle, three senators, six House of Reps members and 24 members of the state house of assembly who defected from the PDP to the APC.
“As we all know, according to the party’s constitution, President Muhammad Buhari is our leader at national level and in each state, the sitting governor from the party is the APC leader in that state. Therefore, Matawalle is the new leader of the party in Zamfara State.
“With this development, all the party executives, state, local governments and wards level are hereby dissolved,” he added.
Some APC governors who attended the event included Nasir el-Rufai, Yahaya Bello, and Simon Lalong, of Kaduna, Kogi, and Plateau states respectively.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha who was also present at the ceremony, represented President Muhammadu Buhari.
Delivering the President’s message, Mustapha said: “I’m proud of your timely and wise decision to join the governing party and our doors are wide open to other politicians who believe in our vision to rebuild Nigeria.
“Your voluntary decision to join our party confirms the fact that our agenda for good governance is the only reason why Nigerians are getting attracted to the APC because the other alternative didn’t work.”
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