President Muhammadu Buhari has lost 91,000 members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his home state of Katsina.
The defectors on Tuesday were received by the PDP during a campaign rally at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium attended by Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate on Tuesday.
They were led the former Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, and Alhaji Aminu Lawal Maye.
PDP presidential campaign spokesperson, Senator Dino Melaye said the former APC members are from the three senatorial districts of Katsina.
Of the 91,000 defectors, 19,000 were from Daura zone (this is where Buhari hails from), 23,000 from Funtua zone, and 49,000 from the Katsina zone.
Speaking at the presidential rally in Katsina, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the director general of the PDP presidential campaign council said the party will end insecurity and provide job opportunities to Nigerian youths.
He urged the voters at the rally to vote for the party across board, noting that, the party has already won in Katsina state with the caliber of supporters it has – mostly women and youths.
The national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, presented the party’s flag to the Katsina State governorship candidate, Senator Yakubu Lado Dan Marke.
Atiku and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa arrived at the Campaign ground at about 2:07 pm. They were warmly received by Dan Marke, his running mate, Arch. Ahmed Aminu Yar’adua and the Director General, Atiku/Lado Campaign, Mustapha Inuwa among other party supporters and chieftains in the state.
Atiku and his team had earlier visited the mother of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua and the Emir of Katsina HRH Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman.