Daji Sani in Yola
Former adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on political matters and others have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress( APC) in Adamawa state.
Gulak and others announced their defection on Saturday in Yola, the state capital and nothing that their defection was informed by impunity , injustice and lack of internal democracy that gross the PDP from the national to the state level.
Speaking during his defection, Gulak said 42 000 members of PDP across the 21 local government areas of the state including the entire structures of his former party were defecting with him to join the APC.
He further explained that the caliber of people leaving with him. to APC can pilot a political party but after observing the achievements of the APC in the state and federal, they decided to partner the APC to compliment its achievements ranging from the successful fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, construction of roads, provision of employments to youths through N-Power programme and many others to mention.
According to him, the governor of the state, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow has constructed over 1000 kilometres roads across state, adding that since the existence of the state no governor has done what the incumbent governor has done for the state in term of infrastructure development.
â€œWe have leave the PDP with its entire structures in the state to join the APC, so the PDP is destroyed and buried. We have also converted the party secretariat to APC”
â€œI have taken time to read both the PDP and APC constitutions and l discovered that the APC’s constitution was fairer in terms of justice, equity ad fairness to its members than the PDP.” Said Gulak
Prominent among the defectors were Gulak, Hon. Felix Tangwami and Chief Medan Teneke former PDP national ex-officio for North-east.
While receiving the defectors at a faction of PDP secretariat in the state now converted to one of APC ‘s secretariats, the APC National Vice Chairman, North East, Comrade, Mustafa Salihu said their coming to APC was a welcome development and acceptable.
He said the party was ready to carry them along, adding that the massive defection was historic in the history of the entire nation where over 42 000 members of PDP defected to APC.
Salihu also encouraged the defectors to feed the party with new ideas that will help the party to develop more than what it used to be, adding that they are free to contest any position under the platform of the party come 2019.
However, the secretary of the PDP in the state, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Prambe, said the PDP celebrates the defection of Gulak and others sequel to the fact that Gulak and his group have been the cause of the lingering crisis in the PDP of the state.
He said Gulak was one of the people that hijacked the PDP primaries from the state and it was held in Abuja in 2014.
He said, Gulak after ensuing crisis in PDP, is taking the crisis to APC which is to PDP advantage. â€œWhere will Gulak get 42000 PDP members to defect with him to APC? he said.
Prambe said, those characters that defected knew that their antecedents in PDP may deny them contest under the platform of the party, so they are looking for soft landing in APC.