From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia
Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa-Eggon local government area, Godwin Alaku alongside 500 party supporters have defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Receiving the defectors at the APC secretariat in Nasarawa-Eggon at the weekend, Aliyu Bello, state secretary of the party, while appreciating their courage to join them promised the defectors a level playing field.
Both Minister for Information, Mr Labaran Maku and Senator Solomon Ewuga (PDP, Nasarawa-North) hail from Nasarawa-Eggon local government area with either of them expected to challenge Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura in the 2015 general elections.
Bello reiterated the focus of the party to embark on more people oriented projects that would benefit all, saying that the Al-makura’s administration would embark on the construction of more rural roads to better the lives of the rural dwellers.
“I’m happy and the party is also happy for your courage to defect from your party to the APC in the state and I’m assuring you of a level playing ground for the development of the party in the state and at the national level” he stated.
The state APC secretary called on the people of the state to support Governor Al-makura’s administration to enable him succeed in delivering more dividends of democracy to the people in order to reduce the plight of women, children, and other vulnerable groups in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Alaku, the former chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the area said that their decision to join the party was informed by the leadership style of Governor Al-makura, considering his developmental strides.
According to him, Governor Al-makura has done a lot and has impacted on the lives of the people of the state positively especially in the area of road construction, free education, construction of classrooms, and construction of modern hospitals across the state among others.
While assuring the APC leadership of their loyalty ahead of 2015 elections, the former APGA boss said “We also observed that Al-makura is carrying everybody along irrespective of tribal, religious and political inclinations, which formed the basis of our decision to join the APC government in the state.”