A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State, Hajiya Musafaram, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News understands that the politician has been a loyal member of the PDP since 1999. However, after 23 years of working with the opposition party, she joined the ruling camp on Saturday ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Musafaran, according to reports, was received into APC yesterday by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.
It was confirmed in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday by the Director-General Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni, Mamman Mohammed, that the former PDP official was received into APC alongside some other defectors.
At the reception, the new entrant said the performance of the Buni-led administration in improving the lives of the people of the State made them dump their former camp for the APC.
Some former executive members of the PDP from the Geidam Local Government Area of the state were reportedly among the defectors.
In his remark, Governor Buni assured the new members of equal opportunities with existing members.
Meanwhile, Labour Party (LP) has accused the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima, of flouting the terms of the Peace Accord signed by all 2023 presidential candidates.
LP noted with regret the actions of the former Governor of Borno State, saying that the APC chieftain has continued to make reckless and irresponsible remarks about other presidential candidates, especially its presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
It asked the ruling party to caution Shettima to be mindful of his language in addressing other people ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Naija News understands that LP noted this with disdain in a statement signed by its Director-General Campaign Organisation, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
According to Okupe, Shettima has failed to respect the terms of the peace accord signed by all political parties under the supervision of the National Peace Committee headed by a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar.
He described the language being used by Shettima as offensive, derogatory and unethical. Okupe stated, “We have watched with dismay and disgust the various unguarded insults and disparaging remarks passed on our presidential candidate and other candidates by the vice-presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima.
“Whereas our political parties are all signatories to the National Peace Accord, supervised by General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s National Peace Committee, which represents the bonafide code of conduct for all corporate and individual direct participants in the current electoral process.
“In the peace accord signed in Abuja, it was expressly stated that candidates would avoid using abusive and offensive language throughout the campaigns. It is, therefore, very unfortunate and regretful but not exactly surprising that in flagrant disregard for the clauses and principles of this accord, the APC vice-presidential candidate, in particular, has continued repeatedly to play the court jester by persistently, irresponsibly and recklessly making all sorts of derogatory comments, totally at variance with good manners and decorum.”