YaahooJournalist reports that former Commissioners, former Federal and State legislators, former Local Government Council Chairmen and other PDP officials, were among those who decamped to the ruling party
The top PDP leaders were led by Chief Tony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, who said they came to align with Gov El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe to move Kaduna State forward.
Receiving the top PDP leaders, Governor Nasir El-Rufai assured the decampees, that his government is for all and not for followers of a particular religion or ethnic group: “it is government for all to serve the interest of all.
“Whether the people supported us or not, once elections are over, we are the government of the entire state.
“We operate with the highest level of transparency and accountability, giving equal opportunity.
“What matters to us is credibility and competence and what you can contribute to the people of Kaduna State,“ El-Rufai added.
The Kaduna Governor thanked the former PDP members for joining the APC to contribute their efforts in uniting and moving the state forward.
On the other hand, Hadiza Balarabe, the Kaduna Deputy Governor, commended the defectors for their decision to join forces with the government to bring about positive changes in the state.
“It is gratifying to see people like you coming to seek collaboration. We are going to make Kaduna the envy of the people of Nigeria,” she said.
The Deputy Governor assured the former PDP members of government willingness to partner with all to make the state great again.
Balarabe noted that there were lots of misconception among people of the Southern Kaduna zone, where she comes from
“We have been shortchanged for along, so it is time to work together reap the dividends of democracy,“ she said.
Emmanuel Jakada, The State Chairman of APC, said politics is a game and those who play well achieve its dividends.
“Nothing can be so beautiful as what has happened today. I am glad the people from my zone are now getting it right,“ Jakada said.
Earlier, Tony Hassan, the leader of the defectors, reiterated their commitment to working with the present administration to achieve greatness.
“We have come to reaffirm our commitment to join hand for the sake of development of our state.
“We were PDP leaders from various capacities. We have moved to the APC to support the government, because the El-Rufai government is doing what it’s supposed to do for the people,” Hassan said.