The defectors were led by Reverence Phineas Padio,the state Publicity Secretary,of the APC, at the PDP secretariat,yesterday said their action was in the interest of the state and unborn children in order to support a credible candidate who can usher the state to the next level of development.
However,Sources close to the APC disclosed that the defected party executives were loyalists of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who has been having power wrangling with Nyako’s faction.
According to the source, APC is not surprised by the move because those that defected to the PDP are known to be antagonistic to the gubernatorial ambition of the party’s standard bearer Senator Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindowo as they never for once followed his campaign train.
Spokesman of the group Rev Phineas Padio, while justifying the reasons for their defection said the action was borne out of the need to make a supreme sacrifice for the growth and development of the state.
“Politics is a game of interest but certain interests have to take precedent over others.Thus in a situation where public interest clash with parochial interest, the latter has to give way for overriding public interest.
“It is for this reason that any politician worth his name should have as his cardinal objective the promotion of collective good of the people,” he said.
He explained that after careful review of all the issues and problems, as well as personalities on offer aiming for the top job, they came to the selfless conclusion that no better person is right to take Adamawa back on track than the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. “For months and weeks, we have been saddled with the responsibility of marketing candidates that we frankly cannot vouch for their capacity and competence especially in comparable with the candidates PDP parades in the State.
The state secretary of APC, Abdullahi Bakari dismissed the position of the defecting members saying they were lured with money to defect to PDP.
Bakari noted that they have for long been weary of the activities of the defectors as they were fingered in exposing the secrets of the party to the PDP.
He said their defection came as a big relief to APC as it was a good riddance to bad rubbish adding that all the defectors are mere political light weights whose electoral values is inconsequential to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Those who defected are Publicity Secretary, Phineas Padio, State Youth Leader, Usman Mohammed Danyaro, Assistant Secretary, Maiyani Yunis, State woman leader, Hauwa Agwu, Financial Secretary, Papka Medugu, Auditor, Musa Hero, Zonal women leader, (South), Mercy Abraham and Zonal youth leader (central) , Abdu James
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