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Niger: APC Chairman Faults PDP Over Defection Story

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The chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Niger State, Engr Muhammad Jibril Imam, has stated that the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of defection of APC members to PDP was untrue and mere political propaganda.

He stated that no member of the party since the APC formed government in Niger State has ever defected to the  PDP rather it was PDP members who have been defecting to APC. The chairman, who spoke yesterday against the backdrop of the claim that 1,000 APC members  defected to the PDP in Mashegu local government area of the state, noted that there was no way that 1,000 will defect from APC in a ward.

He said, “The party memberships in both Mashegu and Kotagora is  intact, the irony is that the school they said, the defected members  were received was the same school abandoned by PDP government and we came to renovate.”

“On what strength will APC members abandon a party that is doing  so well within two years for a party that has done nothing for them? What we achieved in those areas for two years is more than what PDP achieved in their several years,” the chairman added.

Engr Imam, however, stated that he received the news with laughter because “as a party already finished, like PDP in Niger State you should expect them to resort to such political propaganda”.

“If their claim of 1000 defectors is true I expect the state chairman of the PDP to  celebrate it not just a bogus claim by some PDP members  , not one that will stay in a ward, I can tell you that  as a  politician 100 members are  not small members,” he declared.

He noted that he was not surprised but disappointed that such a cheap  propaganda could be cooked up to gain political relevance in a state doing so well under APC led administration.



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