A former member of the House of Representatives, Bala Baiko, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano state.
Baiko, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2003 under the defunct All Peoples Party said members of the All Nigerian Peoples Party had been sidelined since their party joined other legacy parties to form the APC.
He claimed that former vice president Atiku Abubakar had also complained of neglect in the APC.
This comes months after the defection of a former governorship candidate, Ibrahim El-Amin, to the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano.
Baiko said he and his followers were only remembered during elections after which they have been cast aside by those in government, Premium Tim,es reports.
“As everyone knows, party politics is all about making members feel he belongs by including them in active governance, but in our case, no one remembers us after we helped in bringing the government and what do you think we will be doing in this kind of party?”
According to him, he and his over 20,000 supporters across Kano were defecting to help the PDP win all the forthcoming elections in the state, including the governorship.
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He, however, claimed that former vice president Abubakar was also going back to the PDP.
He said pans have been concluded for Atiku to defect.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria's former vice president, is one of the heavyweights who is expected to contest for the highest office in Nigeria, come 2019 general election. But the former vice president has many factors working against him.
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