Former Transport Minister Abdullahi Idris during Dr. Goodluck Jonathan administration has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He wasn’t alone as some chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State abandoned the now divided party to join the ruling party, which is also having some in-house troubles.
The new APC members are a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Lazerus Yoriyo, ex-House of Representative member, Alhaji Saidu Alkali and a former PDP Youth Leader, Alhaji Habu Mu’azu.
Idris said on Sunday in Dadin Kowa at rally to receive them into the APC, that their decision was to bring about positive development to the state.
He promised that his new entourage would collaborate with other APC leaders to contribute positively to the success of the party in Gombe and across the country.
The former transport minister urged officials of the APC in the state to operate an open door policy, so as to attract more entrants into the party.
Welcoming the defectors, Malam Adamu Pata, APC Zonal Vice Chairman for Gombe Central, assured the defectors that they would be treated as equal stakeholders with those they met in the party.
According to him, their defection is a good omen for the APC ahead of future elections in the state.
Also, Kabiru Kukan-Daka, another party stalwart, assured the former minister and other new entrants of full support at all the times, adding that the party would tap from their experiences to advance its cause.
Kukan-Daka urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari in the efforts to make Nigeria great and end security challenges in the Northeast.
Idris obtained his APC membership card at Hinna Ward in Yamatu/Deba LGA