By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Few days to the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress(APC), a Chieftain of the party in Sokoto state, Alhaji Dahiru Yusuf Yabo on Monday officially announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) with a pledge to support Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s presidential aspiration.
Yabo who was one time gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) in Sokoto state made the declaration while addressing thousands of his supporters drawn from across the 23 Local Government Areas.
The former commissioner in the state was a hard line voice against President Muhammadu Buhari’s critics not until the current development.
He said his defection to the opposition PDP was sequel to the failure of the President to deliver his electoral promises to Nigerians.
“Despite working hard for Buhari’s election in 2015, the APC leadership failed to honour the merger agreement reached with former Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko with the defunct CPC members since 2015.”
“My resolve to join the PDP is because of the failure of Buhari to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians especially in the area of provision of security. I was one of his political footsoldiers and close allies in the past years but he can not even recognized me now.
“Also, the ruling APC also failed to honour the merger agreement reached with Senator Aliyu Wamakko with defunct CPC members since 2015.
” We hereby resolved not to show any trust towards Senator Wamakko as the APC leader in Sokoto state, due to his penchant for betraying his associates,” he stated.
Expressing further concerns against the ruling APC at the centre, the PDP convert, however, regretted that APC only succeeded in promoting hardship and sufferings against the expectations Nigerians.
” Unfortunately, rather than the change it promised to the
electorates, the party only caused socio-economic discomfort to Nigerians whose lives have been impacted negatively due to impeccable failure of the ruling party.”
He however, denied any move to contest for PDP governorship ticket, saying there was no plan to do so while assuring to brace the party’s support by mobilising more people in order to ensure the attainment of Tambuwal’s presidential aspiration as well the party’s governorship candidate in the state, Hon. Manir Dan Iya.
“On behalf of APC members especially the defunct CPC executive members and their supporters across the 23 local government areas, we hereby endorse the presidential aspiration of Governor Tambuwal and Hon. Manir Dan Iya as our governorship candidate in Sokoto State in 2019 polls,” Yabo added