Social Democratic Party (SDP) entire Executive Council and 4000 members were said to have announced their defection to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Shanga Local Government Area of Kebbi.
According to reports, the defectors were received by Sectary to the State Government, Alhaji Umare Babale and APC State Chairman Alhaji Bala Kangiwa at the Presidential Lodge in Birnin Kebbi on Monday.
The defectors were impressed by laudable programmes of the APC government at state and federal level.
The Secretary to the State Government, Babale welcomed the defectors, said: “it is a good sign of victory for APC in the state.”
He went ahead to give words of assurance that the party would not discriminate against them, but provide a level playing ground for them to realise their political goals.
Meanwhile, the state chairman of APC, Alhaji Bala Kangiwa also assured the defectors that their interests would be protected.
Kangiwa commended them for taking the decision to join the APC, saying they took the right decision and urged them to ensure a landslide victory for the APC in the general election.
The Shanga local government SDP chairman, Alhaji Umaru Sawashi and his secretary Alhaji Abdullahi Shanga said they defected along with 4,000 SDP members in the area, and pledged to work for the victory of President Muhammad Buhari, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu and other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections.
According to them, their defection was in appreciation of the laudable programmes of the Buhari administration, especially in agriculture.