A former Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Malam Ibrahim Wakkala has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Wakkala, who served as deputy to Abdulaziz Yari between 2011 and 2019, announced his decision during a press briefing at his Gusau residence on Wednesday.
“There were several speculations making the rounds for about two years now over where I politically belong; hence I feel this is the right time to put the records straight.
“I want to inform you that all this while, whether as a member of G8 group or not, I have remained a full card-carrying member of the All Progressives Party, APC, even though since the time of our crisis in 2019, the party did not consider us relevant, as demonstrated by its not inviting or informing us of any of its activities.
“I want to formally inform the general public that I have finally thrown the towel against the APC and have officially joined the PDP right from my Madawaki Ward under Gusau Local Government Area,” he said.
Wakkala, who was in June 2019 suspended from the APC, said he started making moves to deregister himself from the APC “when the party was hijacked by some self-centred individuals.
“The mission of those individuals was to alienate and disenfranchise the majority members of the party and produce primaries in which only their handpicked surrogates are declared the winners. This move eventually destabilized the party and we formed the G8 group under it.”
He added that “since the inception of the present administration under governor Bello Matawalle, I have been playing an advisory role especially in addressing the security issues of the state which by Allah’s grace is gradually reducing.
“For these reasons and my genuine concerns to the growth and development of Zamfara and the improved welfare of its citizens, the Governor has appealed to me to join him into the PDP so that together, we can work for the progress of the state.”