The Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state over its claim that about 1,900 PDP members defected to the party on Sunday.
We understands that the Katsina State PDP has challenged the APC to present the so-called defector who it claimed dumped the PDP at the weekend.
The PDP’s campaign council spokesperson in the state, Kabir Yar’adu’a, according to Premium Times said the APC was nothing but an “architect of deceits and fake news.”
Yar’adu’a disagreed with the ruling APC that 1,900 PDP members in Danmusa Local Government allegedly defected to the APC on Sunday.
His reaction follows a report that the APC campaign council spokesperson in the state, Ahmed Abdulkadir claimed that a popular politician in the state, Sani Abụ, was among the defectors.
Abdulkadir was reported to have said “The Katsina State APC gubernatorial candidate, Dr Dikko Umar Radda stormed Ɗanmusa Local Government Area and took over the supporters of the erstwhile Secretary to Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa.
“More than 1900 supporters of the former SGS crossed carpets from mainly PDP and other parties into the APC. They were received by the APC Katsina State Gubernatorial Candidate himself, Dr Dikko Radda.”
However, the PDP in its reaction said the total number of registered voters according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 10 local government areas, including Danmusa, was 142,261 voters.
The PDP spokesperson submitted that “How, therefore, APC gets its 1,900 decampees out of that figure? This is apart from those voters who were displaced by banditry, and those who migrated and relocated to other places.
“It, therefore, treats our imagination for the Director of APC campaign council to make such callous, unsubstantiated and biased judgment by reportedly conscripting such figure and arriving at wrong conclusion.”