By MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Sixty-nine former Councillors and 14 local government secretaries elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and loyal to former Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar have joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A statement by the Press Secretary to the governor, Alhaji Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin-Magaji said defectors under the auspices of Ex- Councillors Forum were elected ward Councillors between 2012, 2015 to 2019 on the platform of the APC in their various wards across the 14 local government areas of the state.
Welcoming the new PDP members, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle expressed happiness over the bold steps taken by the former loyalists of Yari to abandon the APC for the ruling PDP describing their move as pivotal to the development of the state.
Matawalle added that his noble idea of transforming the state to an enviable position free of insecurity can only be actualized if everyone regardless of differences join in the fight against banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other nefarious crimes.
He said his doors will always be open for all to join his train in order to fashion out the best approaches to the development of the state.
Earlier, the leader of the Ex – Councillors, Alhaji Tukur Muhammed Magami said their decision to leave their former boss followed their strong believe in the leadership style of governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle especially in the fight against insecurity and his provision of good political atmosphere in all parts of the state.
He said, the present administration led by Matawalle has proven that it is a government for all as it has not victimize or threaten the political affiliation of members of other political parties in the state.
According to the forum leader, such an administration needs the coming together and support of all and sundry for it to continue to provide democratic dividends to all citizens in the state.
He assured that all their followers and supporters including their family members share the same opinion and declaration to the Matawalle led government and have decided to join the PDP with the prayers that they too will be carried along for the development of the state.
Similarly, spokesman of the former local Government council secretaries Alhaji Saadu Mayana expressed confidence in Matawalle’s ability to transform the state to the envy of others in the country.
He also alligned with the councillors saying on behalf of the former council secretaries of the 14 local government areas of the state, they have unanimously resolved to join the PDP government in the state under Matawalle towards a better Zamfara.