Reports say eight of the 14 Local Government Area Council chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Zamfara State have defeated to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the statement released by the Special Adviser on media to the Zamfara governor, Zailani Bappa, made available to journalists in Gusau on Saturday.
Bappa, who disclosed that the defectors included the chairman of the state’s branch of the Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON) and Chairman of Birnin-Magaji local government, Alhaji Muhammad Umar.
Others are the ALGON vice-chairman and Chairman of Maru local government, Alhaji Salisu Dangulbi and the association’s Secretary and Chairman of Bukkuyum local government, Alhaji Nasiru Zarumi.
Also, on the list include Chairman of Anka local government and PRO of the association, Alhaji Ahmed Balarabe, Chairman of Kaura-Namoda local government, Alhaji Lawal Abdullahi.
Chairman of Maradun local government, Alhaji Shehu Faru, as well as the chairmen of Bungudu and Tsafe local governments, Alhaji Abduaziz Nahuche and Alhaji Aminu Mudi respectively, also dumped APC.
He said the announcement by the eight chairmen was the outcome of a meeting they held with the governor in Gusau.
The statement quoted Balarabe as saying their decision to join the ruling PDP was due to “Matawalle’s leadership style in restoring peace and tranquility to all parts of the state within a short period of time”.
Meanwhile, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle thanked them for their foresight in joining the PDP in the state.
He pointed out that the party would continue to give equal treatment to all its members.
He said that his administration would continue to introduce policies and programmes that have direct bearing to the common man.
He also vowed to ensure rapid development of all towns and villages in the state with a view to meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate. (NAN)