If former Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, had called a meeting of his political aides at the weekend, he most probably would have been alone; all alone.
Reason: Most of his supporters and aides have defected to the new governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Lamido is currently standing trial for alleged large-scale misappropriation of state funds while in office.
An account put the number of defectors, who were received by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at 370,000.
The defectors described the PDP as a party of deceit, and failure.
The event was held at the Aminu Kano Triangle Square in Dutse, the state capital.
Also on hand to receive the defectors was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
The defectors included former acting governor and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Lawan Abdu Babura, who served under Lamido and Alhaji Bashir Adamu, former Chairman, House Committee on Defence.
The list also included six former commissioners, seven special advisers and assistants and chairmen of 16 local governments. The rest included two sole administrators and 190 councillors all of whom served under Lamido for eight years.
The event was to have been held since last month but was delayed because of some internal arrangement.
Lamido’s former deputy, Ahmed Mahmud, had while in office defected to the APC in April, alongside hundreds of PDP chieftains, which led to the dismal outing of the former ruling party in this year’s general elections.
Speaking to newsmen, the chairman of the organizing committee of the decampees, Alhaji Isah Gerawa said their decision to leave the PDP was timely and would make impact on the APC success in the state.
Gerawa linked their defection to alleged high-handedness of Lamido whom he accused of anointing a candidate against the people’s wish for the last governorship election.
He assured the decampees that they would be treated equally by the APC led Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar. He also assured them that they would see changes and reap dividend of democracy.
A former ranking member of the House of Representatives, Bashir Adamu said the decision to leave the PDP started long ago but that it wasn’t concluded till this time around.
In a swift reaction, chairman, PDP reconciliation committee North-West, Alhaji Ali Tukur Gantsa described the decampees as politicians without ideology.
He stated that Lamido did his best for them for the eight years he was governor.