The former Minister of Sports and chieftain of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Samaila Sambawa, and his loyalists have decamped to the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sambawa, who served as a Minister of Internal Affairs, Foreign, Sports and Youths Development under the PDP administration officially, dumped the PDP for the APC, over the weekend at the Halidu Stadium, Birnin–Kebbi.
Addressing his supporters, Sambawa explained that he decided to join the All Progressives Congress due to the quality leadership offered by President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
“You will all agree with me that relative peace, security of lives and property being witness across the country resulted from concerted efforts, determination and personal commitment of Mr. President. We also bear witness to the tremendous agricultural revival programme carried out by the federal government under the famous Anchor Borrowers programme.
“This has gone a long way in redirecting the diversification policy of the government towards mass rice production to enable us attain food sufficiency, economic growth and sustainable empowerment of our people”, he said.
Also, Sambawa noted: “Another interesting dimension provided to the quest for good governance drive in Kebbi state is translated in the ability of the state government to facilitate 24-hour electricity supply across the state, massive investment in education, rural development, healthcare delivery and youth empowerment.
He reaffirmed that himself and his teeming supporters, friends and well wishers from all the 21 LGAs of the state have formally declared for the APC.
He promised that they would contribute their quota for the development of Kebbi state and Nigeria at large.
Meanwhile, the APC state chairman, Attahiru Maccido, assured the new members of fair and equal treatment with older party members.