• The Labor Party has been hit by a mass defection as eight Labor Party state assembly candidates in Jigawa joined the APC.
  • Governor Muhammad Badaru welcomed the defectors at an event at Government House on Friday, January 6.
  • Muhammad Makinta, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, revealed why they left the Labor Party for the APC

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Jigawa State – Eight Labor Party (LP) state assembly candidates have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa state ahead of the 2023 general election.

The defection was announced in a statement issued on Friday, January 6 by Governor Muhammad Badaru’s press aide Habibu Kila.

Jigawa Governor Badaru inducted eight Labor Party state assembly candidates into the APC. Photo credit: Habibu Kila
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The statement indicates that the eight candidates were received by Governor Badaru in an act at the government house.

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The defectors are from the constituencies of Auyo, Kirikasamma, Bulangu, Malammadori, Kafin Hausa, Birniwa, Guri and Kaugama.

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Kila said Governor Badaru also hosted a Northern Labor Party presidential campaign council member who left the party and joined the APC.

The Governor of Jigawa appreciated the defectors and promised to take them with him in all party activities as well as urged them to be loyal party members.

Why we left Labor for APC, Makinta reveals

Speaking on behalf of the defecting politicians, Muhammad Makinta of the Guri local government area said they joined the APC after realizing that the party in the state has more prospects.

Makinta said that they will work to ensure the victory of the APC candidates in the general elections in their respective areas of influence.

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APC Jigawa State Chairman Aminu Gumel welcomed the new APC members and assured them that they would be accorded the rights and privileges enjoyed by former members.

Kano Labor Party gubernatorial candidate defected to APC? the truth emerges

In another report, Bashir Ishaq Bashir, the Labor Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate in Kano state, denied having gone over to the APC.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, Bashir said he remains a loyal member of the LP, adding that he is committed to running for and winning the gubernatorial election in the northern state in 2023.

The LP gubernatorial candidate said reports claiming he has defected to the APC were sponsored by politicians who do not want to see Nigeria progress.

Source: Legit.ng