By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – Ahead of the Saturday’s grand reception to receive decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and other political parties into the All Progressive Congress, APC in Katsina State, the National Conscience Party, NCP has accused the APC of wooing decampees with public funds accruing into billions.
The NCP Chairman in Katsina, Abdulmumini Sani Shehu in a press briefing on Thursday alleged that the APC led government in the state has spent billions in wooing decampees.
Shehu said decamping from other political parties especially from the PDP to APC has now become a business venture and the only means to have access to public funds in the state.
This was as he warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to be part of the planned reception which he described as a fraud and deceptive.
He said the programme was designed to drag the name of President Buhari into the mud by the Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s administration through deceptive programme of receiving some decampees.
In a statement titled “No President Buhari, Don’t Be Part Of Fraud”, and read to journalist in the state, Shehu said, “As you can vividly see I tagged this statement “No President Buhari, Don’t Be Part Of Fraud” because there was a grand design to drag the name of President Buhari into the mud by the Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s administration through deceptive programme of receiving some decampees.
“The President should know that decamping from other political parties especially from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to APC has become a business venture in katsina state.
“The decampees often go round beating their chest that they have collected their share from Masari before agreeing to decamp.
“The APC State Party chairman, Alhaji Shittu was recently quoted in a programme in the state owned television bragging publicly that they have settled all decampees before agreeing to join them. In reality the issue of decamping is the only means of having access to public funds in katsina state.”
The NCP Chairman further said the APC in the state is sick and the sickness was precipitated by the relegation of genuine party men and promoting PDP elements that fought the emergence of APC government across the state.
“It was relegation of your genuine party men that forced one of your loyal party men in Daura town, Alhaji Umar Margyel in a radio interview to cry out that Masari has abandoned real party men.
“One would begin to wonder on why a government that is yet to execute any meaningful project is spending billions to woo PDP decampees. No Buhari, you should not be part of this grand deception. It is evidently clear that the Masari led administration does not share your vision of fighting corruption and impunity,” Shehu stated.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the APC State Chairman, Alhaji Shittu S. Shittu for comments on the allegations proved abortive as his numbers were switched off.
The APC in the state were said to have slated coming Saturday, 10th March for a grand reception to receive decampees from PDP, PDM, APGA among others into the party.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Party Chairman, Dr. John Oyegun among other dignitaries were expected at the event to receive the decampees into the party in the state.
The Decampees includes, Senator Ibrahim Idah (PDP), Hon. Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo (former Speaker under PDP), Alh. Bature Umar Masari (Former Director General PDP Katsina State Campaign Organization for 2015 General elections and Hon. Musa Adamu Funtua (Former Commissioner of Agriculture under PDP).
Others include Dr. Yusha’u Armaya’u (Former Chairman People’s Democratic Movement, PDM and 34 Local government executives), Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi Tsauri (All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and his supporters) and 264 Councillors of the PDP defunct local government administration.