The leading opposition stalwart in Kebbi State who was also a former governor of the state, Senator Adamu Aliero has finally defected from the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
LEADERSHIP had exclusively reported on Tuesday that Aliero would dump the CPC for PDP.
Aliero, who was also a former minister, has declared his support for the candidature of Sa’idu Dakingari in the March 31 governorship rerun in Kebbi State.
Aliero made the declaration at the Haliru Abdu Stadium venue of the flag off campaign for Dakingari rerun election, attended by prominent chieftains of the party including President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Speaker House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
And just as Aliero was defecting to PDP, the Action Congress of Nigeria gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu (SAN) also defected to PDP with a pledge to forget the past and also support the candidature of Dakingari.
In Aliero’s declaration speech before President Jonathan, four PDP governors in attendance, Kebbi PDP federal legislators, party chieftains and thousands of party supporters, Aliero said in 2007 when he was the governor of the state, he facilitated the merger of the ANPP with the PDP.
According to him, “It was unfortunate that I left the party for certain reasons after about two to three years after we started experiencing some misunderstanding with Dakingari’s administration; and we parted ways.”
Standing before thousands of party supporters at the stadium, he said it was “Goodbye to CPC.” This, by implication he stated signaled his exit from CPC and return to the PDP camp.
In his speech at the occassion, Jonathan promised Nigerians that the forthcoming governorship rerun would be credible, saying that the principle of one-man-one vote would be adhered to in spite of the mass exodus of opposition to the PDP.