About 4,000 party supporters dumped opposition parties to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Territory’s Kwali Regional Council, ahead of the election of the Federal Capital Territory’s regional councils, slated for February 2022.
CTF Minister of State Ramatu Aliyu made the revelation in a statement by his special media assistant, Austine Elemue, in Abuja on Sunday.
By receiving the departed, Ms. Aliyu assured them of justice and fairness among ruling party members and called on those who had not yet joined to do so.
The minister, who described the event as a “harvest” of more than 4,000 members, was pleased that most of the returnees were former leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressive Grand Alliance. , APGA in the FCT.
Ms. Aliyu therefore instructed them to use their political weight to ensure the party’s victory from 2022 and beyond.
However, she called on old and new ruling party members to work together in peace and abide by the law and emphasized the supremacy of party decisions.
“We are here today to receive over 4,000 of our brothers and sisters who have decided on their own to join the ruling CPA.
“They came from various political parties, in particular the main opposition parties, the PDP and the APGA. We appreciate them.
“They are on the agenda of the second term of the outgoing president, the second term of credible governance, the second term of competent leadership, the second term of solid management of our common heritage at the Kwali Regional Council.”
Ms Aliyu, who explained that the occasion was not to launch the campaign for the municipal elections, however instructed the party members to support the continuity of governance.
Earlier, the CPA chairman at the CTF, Abdulmalik Usman, had revealed that some of the departed were founding members of the All Progressives Congress before leaving the ship.
“Today, we are here to make another story, the story of welcoming our brothers, some of whom started this feast together.
“Our brothers and sisters with whom we struggled hard to form this party at that time. It is therefore a welcome return home for these members who are here today.
“We are here to welcome these people into their homes. They traveled somewhere and said the atmosphere there was not right for them.
“When they return home, they are back to find their brothers and sisters in good health and we have nothing against them but to receive them at their home.
“We are not here to campaign because we don’t want anyone to blame our party,” he said.
Mr. Usman expressed confidence that by February 12, 2022, the CPA would win all six regional councils and all 62 neighborhoods in the nation’s capital.
Responding on behalf of the decamped, Usman Jiya, former APGA aspirant, assured party supporters that their return to the APC would consolidate the gains recorded by the outgoing president of the Kwali regional council.
Mr. Jiya assured all members of their dedication and team spirit in the upcoming regional council ballot.
The high point of the event was the handing over of the symbolic broom to the leaders of the decamped by the FCT Minister of State and the party chairman.
Other decamps include Salihu Kolo, former state PDP vice-president Habila Bwaba, former PDP state vice-president Maimunat Adamu, among others.
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