By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” The battle for the soul of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has taken a new dimension as the Hausa-Fulani community who dominate the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in the state has decided to decamp en-masse to the PDP.
The decision of the community to move to the PDP was confirmed by former Minister of State for Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, who told journalists yesterday that his decision to resign from the ANPP was in line with the wish of his people.
He confirmed that he had sent a letter to the national secretariat of the party to convey his decision to quit, adding: â€œThe decision is informed by the desire of my constituency to chart a new course and pursue the path of peace and progress.â€
He said he and his constituency got encouraged to decamp to the PDP because of the recent sanity brought into the party in Plateau State by the national secretariat to end the alleged politics of exclusion in the party.
Nakande who was nominated into President Umaru Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s initial cabinet as an ANPP member believed that the interest of his people would be better served in the reformed PDP in the state.
He said with the â€œsanitationâ€ of the PDP in Plateau State, they felt encouraged to join the party as a level-playing field would now be provided for every member of the party.
The implication of the development is that whichever of the camps within the PDP, the decamping ANPP members who have a sizeable followership in Jos North Local Government Area decide to team up with, would have its support base boosted.