At last, Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Matawalle announced his defection to the APC in Gusau on Tuesday at a special grand rally, organized by the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni-led National Caretaker Committee of the APC, to receive him to the party.

Matawalle said, “As from today, I Bello Matawallen Maradun, governor of Zamfara State, I am happy to announce my defection from the PDP to the APC.

“As from today, I am a full APC member and leader of APC in Zamfara State.

“I am calling on all APC stakeholders in the state to join hands with me to build the party and move the state forward.”

Earlier, describing Matawalle’s defection from the PDP to the APC as a welcome development, to the APC, not only in Zamfara State but in Nigeria in general, Buni said, “I am happy to announce that the APC has received Matawalle, three senators, six House of Representatives members and 24 members of the state House of Assembly, who defected from the PDP to the APC.

“As we all know, according to the party’s constitution, President Muhammadu Buhari is our leader at the national level and in each state, the sitting governor from the party is the APC leader in that state.

“Therefore Matawalle is the new leader of the party in Zamfara State.“

With this development, all the party executives, state, local governments and wards level are hereby dissolved.”

Speaking at the event, former governor of the state, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, described Matawalle’s defection as a timely and welcome development, promising to support Matawalle to continue building the party as well as tackle insecurity challenges facing the state.

No fewer than 11 APC governors, alongside ministers, senators and members of the House of Representatives witnessed Matawalle’s defection.


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