Over 1,500 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Radda town, Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State, on Friday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the News Agency of Nigeria has reported.
The defectors moved to the PDP with their leader, Mustapha Radda, who was the CPC and later APC youth mobilisation officer in the state from 2010 to 2016.
Receiving the defectors, the PDP state chairman, Salisu Majigiri, said the party had constituted reception committee to receive defectors to the party.
“The committee is mandated to receive all the people who defected to our party from other parties.
“We shall treat all those who defected to our party equally without any form of discrimination.
“Just this week, we received Alhaji Umar Tata, APGA governorship candidate in the 2015 election, to our party together with his supporters.
“We are ready to provide level playing ground to old and new members during future elections and there will be no imposition of candidates this time around,” Mr. Majigiri said.
In his remarks, Mr. Radda, the leader of the defectors, said he decided to dump the APC for the PDP to rescue his people from “maltreatment”.
“We have done a lot for the APC, but today my people especially the youths that I mobilised have nothing to show for it.
“We did not benefit from the APC poverty alleviation programme meant to rescue women and youths from poverty; we have presented several requests to those that matter but we were rejected,’’ Mr. Radda said.
Also speaking, Mr. Tata the former APGA governorship candidate said the defectors were prepared for the restructuring of the PDP for effective service delivery.
He said the leadership of the PDP had promised to assist the youths with capital to establish their business.