Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ibeto, leading about 200 politicians, on Monday, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Like Ibeto, the defectors included those who have held offices in the incumbent government, serving members of National Assembly, members of State’s House of Assembly, former commissioners and former local governments chairmen.
Ibeto cited maltreatment and injustice, arising from the primaries, by the party as reason for their defection. He said the primaries,which produced Umar Nasko as PDP governorship candidate was flawed and negated the PDP electoral law and the constitution. Ibeto said the PDP hierarchy failed to address the injustice despite their petition to it.
“We were expecting justice from the party’s national office but nothing was forthcoming, hence we decided to join the APC,” he said.