Published On: Tue, Feb 18th, 2014

PDP chieftain defects to APC in Kebbi

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From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

As the wind of party defection blows across the country, a major grassroots politician in Kebbi State, Sani Hukuma Zauro, who was the former Chairman of PDP Elders Forum in the state, yesterday in Birnin Kebbi announced that he has dumped PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sani Zauro, who was also former State Chairman of defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Board of Trustees (BoT) in Kebbi State, told journalists that he has dumped PDP for APC because of what he described as deliberate inability of Governor Saidu Dakingari to honour agreement reached between him and the former Governor of the State, Adamu Aliero.

He said the agreement was to be the prerequisite for Aliero and his political camp to dump CPC for join PDP then, regretting that the deal which he said was brokered by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, was yet to be implemented by Dakingari.

Another reason Zauro gave for his defection was that some major forces within the PDP, were trying at all cost to witch-hunt his political godfather, Adamu Aliero, with the motive to make Aliero loose political relevance in both Kebbi politics and Nigeria as a whole.

‘’Before we finally settled for Dakingari as our Governorship candidate, a lot happened; we sacrificed many things for Dakingari to become the Governor, I can recalled that we were in Obasanjo house from 8 PM to 4 AM the next day.

“Finally we agreed that Dakingari will be selected as the Governor under ANPP and in turn, we will support Yar’Adua under the PDP as President but Obasanjo persuaded us to join PDP’’, he said.

He further added that “when we were in CPC, Obasanjo brokered peace accord between Aliero and Dakingari and we defected to PDP on condition of having us registered as PDP members and to share some political offices to our camp.

“But as I am talking to you now that has not been fulfilled, I can also recalled Adamu Aliero gave the PDP N20 million as assistance to facilitate membership registration of his people into PDP, again, that was not done. They are only bent on humiliating my boss, Senator Aliero politically’’, he added.


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