By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE numerical strength of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Sokoto state was yesterday geared up with the defection of almost 50,000 members of the Green Party of Nigeria(GPN) to the party as announced by the converts.
The development is coming as the race towards the 2019 general elections gathers momentum across the country.
The startling revelation was made recently at the Gawon Nama, Sokoto, residence of the Chairman, Northern Senators Forum, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, when the leaders and members of the party from across the state, paid him Sallah homage .
Speaking at the formal announcement , the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Nasiru Garba Kalambiaina said, ” We defected to APC as a result of the exemplary leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,.
” We are also pleased with the giant strides of the President, Senator Wamakko and all the APC’s flag bearers, at all levels.
” We are therefore assiduously committed to working, to ensure the realisation of the lofty ideals of the party, as well as its victory, at all levels, during the forthcoming general elections. ”
Alhaji Nasiru Kalambaina turther explained it was obvious that Sokoto state is an APC state, adding , ” And for that, we must move and join forces to give APC the needed impetus to succeed.”
The State Secretary of the party, Dr. Kabir Dasuki also added, ” It was a painstaking decision that had to be taken and series of deliberations were made to reach this conclusions.
” The members of the party decided to join forces with APC so as to defeat PDP and ensure we win the forthcoming elections. ”
Responding, the leader of the APC in the state, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, assured them of a smooth victory, equity and equality.
According to him: ” We would never lose sleep as to our victory in 2019 , at all levels , during the forthcoming general elections, In sha Allahu.
” All our candidates, across Nigeria and at all levels, will in sha Allahu be victorious, as the APC is the only party to beat.
” President Muhammadu Buhari and all of us are strongly and exceedingly committed to making Nigeria greater than we met it in 2015. “