The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday denied the rumours making the rounds that over 1, 200 of its members, including its executives had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna.
The Chairman of the party in Kaduna North local government area, Alhaji Abdullahi Babawo disclosed this when he paid a New Year visit to the NUJ secretariat in Kaduna.
Babawo, said the rumours was meant to cause disquiet within the party and also discredit the person of the Vice President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo.
“Those behind the rumours were the aggrieved members of the party in the state, to cause more crises, and to portray the vice president as not politically relevant at home.
“I can assure you that, instead of our members defecting to another party, the PDP would soon start to receive members of other political parties into our fold,” he said.
He said over 80 per cent of those who the opposition claimed have joined them are still bona fide members of the PDP.
He said, “those they claimed have joined them were yet to return their membership card or formally submit their resignation letter as contained in the party’s constitution.
“Though, one of the founding party members in Kaduna, Ibrahim Yaro and few others has defected to the APC.
“By 2p.m on Thur., Jan. 2 at Kabala Costain secretariat of the party in Kaduna North local government area, the party will receive some APC decampees.
“The party had nominated five persons from each of the 12 wards to meet and advise the party on how to resolve its crisis and bring back its aggrieved members.” (NAN)