By Ehi Ekhator
As 27 out of the 30 members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly dumped People Democratic Party, PDP, for All Progressive Congress, APC, the state Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko has pronounced PDP in the state as “dead”
According to the governor, the dumping of PDP by the memembers has made APC to gain ground in the House of Assembly and among the people of the state. He added that the remaining 3 members of the PDP in the House of Assembly wouldn’t be a threat.
It was gathered that the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lawal Zayyana and other Principal officers in the house were among those who decided to dump the ruling party.
It was gathered that the defector own their defection to the heavy pressure from their constituency.
The governor who disclosed this in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, added that those who defected to APC did out of their own will as no one was forced.
Wamakka was one of the five governors who earlier dumped the ruling PDP for what they tagged as inreconciliable difference. Others were Amaechi Rotimi (Rivers), Rabia Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa)
The governor said , “Yes, it is true that 27 members of Sokoto State House of Assembly have defected to the APC.
“They were not forced, they did so in their own volition and even three members of the House are still in the PDP. We won’t force them to leave. “With the defection, it is clear to all that the PDP is dead in the state. The APC is soaring higher in the state as it has been accepted by all and sundry.”
Wamakko promised the defectors that he will carry everybody along “we will all work together to build the party in the state and the country.” Before Wamakko spoke, his Special Adviser on Media, Mallam Sani Umar, had told our correspondent that the refusal of the Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Muktar Shagari to defect to the APC was not an indication of division between the governor and his deputy.
He said, “No, we won’t force the deputy governor to move to the APC because in politics, there is no compulsion. “You should recollect what happened when former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar defected from the PDP to the defunct ACN, he still remained in his position despite that. “So, we won’t force the deputy governor or the three members of the House to join the APC.”