- Ahmed Gulak, a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, speaks on his defection to the APC
- Gulak noted he was forced to leave the PDP due to lack of internal democracy
- Citing Atiku Abubakar as exeample, he said everyone has the right to change party if they feel disenchanted
A former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, has said that Buhari government’s “degrading of Boko Haram terrorists” was enough to justify his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gulak who hails from Adamawa state on Saturday, February 17, officially decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling APC.
The one time political adviser to Jonathan, claimed he was leading “42,000” people to the ruling APC.
He said they were “forced to leave PDP” by “impunity and lack of internal democracy”.
His words: “Members of the PDP numbering 42,000 across the 21 local government areas including party executives have today wished to formally dump PDP and join APC officially.
"With this development, we formally bury PDP in Adamawa state. Though we are not like others, who kept decamping when their dreams and ambitions were not met.
“Constitutionally we have the right to leave and join any other party. Former President Obasanjo had earlier left PDP and tore his party membership card.
“So also former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; it could be recalled had first left PDP and joined AC that later metamorphosed to ACN. From ACN, Atiku returned back to PDP that he first left and before you know the former vice president again cross-carpeted to APC and now left to PDP again.
“So everyone has right to change if they feel disenchanted and we have made consultations with our people who asked us to move to APC."
Salihu Mustapha, APC northeast chairman, said the decamping was a result of the good work of the APC administration.
“All federal roads have been awarded for rehabilitation while some have reached concluding state of bidding for awarding by federal government,” he said.
Reacting, the state PDP chairman of the party, Tahir Shehu, said their defection would be a big relief to the PDP, saying, “most of them were lured by Governor Jibrilla Bindow for juicy position while others have skeleton in their cupboards, and they were afraid of EFCC’s hammer.”
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, no fewer than 17 chieftains of the PDP and their supporters defected to APC on Saturday, February 17, ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Adamawa on Tuesday.
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The PDP chieftains include Ahmed Gulak, the special adviser to former president Jonathan, Chief Felix Tangwami, Chief Medan Teneke, Alhaji Sahabo Aliyu and Alhaji Saidu Aliyu.
Other defectors were Chief Lazarus Gugu, Alhaji Mustafa Maigari and Alhaji Yusuf Dan-Umma, among others.
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