About 10,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina on Tuesday.
Katsina is the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari and is controlled by the APC under Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
News of the defection is contained in a statement made available to our correspondents on Monday by Atiku Care Foundation, Katsina State chapter.
Signed by the Director Media and Publicity (North West), Jacob Onjewu Dickson, the statement announced that the ceremony is billed to the PDP Secretariat in Katsina.
“In a solidarity move with former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his loyalists are dumping APC. They are pitching their tent for the PDP”, it noted.
“The state chairman of the foundation, Alhaji Yusuf Ghali Tabare has assured that arrangements have been concluded towards the double events of inauguration and welcoming the decampees.
“The event which is scheduled for 10 am is also expected to attract several top politicians from within and outside Katsina State.”
Recall that on November 20, a political group, ‘PDP Concerned Elders Consultative Forum’, after a meeting at the Katsina PDP office, begged Atiku to return.Four days later, the former VP dumped the ruling APC.
His resignation letter read in part: “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the APC has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.
“The party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth?
“A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.”