Gales of Defection Hits Political Parties In Nasarawa State By Rabiu Omaku,Lafia

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Less than two months to the conduct of February  2015 general election, The People’s Democratic Party in Nasarawa state continue  to lose  its members to  other political  parties, The erstwhile minister of Information, a staunch member of the People’s Democratic Party, Labaran Maku has finally dumped the PDP  to the All Progressive Grand Alliance.
Mixed reaction continued to trail the defection of  Maku to APGA ,A political party that lacks solid structure in the state, The defection of the former minister has created  a vacuum in the PDP that cannot be filled soon especially at this electioneering period.
The decamping of Labaran  Maku and his followers to the new party, According to analyst is an added advantage to the ruling APC in the state, The PDP also loses it members  across the state, Other heavyweight of the PDP that jump ship are the former minister of Labour and productivity, Hussaini Zanuwa Akwanga.
In Nasarawa Local Government of the state, The ruling in the state gets over 150 decampees from the opposition party, The PDP in Udeni Magaji electoral ward,Those that defected include the  former chairman of PDP Udeni Magaji electoral ward, Usman Ogana .
The speaker of Nasarawa Local Government, Paul  Ahidjo Inalegwu and the chairman of the party, Ayuba Garba sue for unity among party faithful.
In Akwanga Local Government, The PDP loose one of it governorship aspirant, Senator John Danboyi  who later withdraw from the race recently, Danboyi was among the governorship aspirant before he step down to vie for senate seat representing Nasarawa North but lost at the party primaries to Honorable Philip Gyunka,The current member Nasarawa state House of Assembly representing Akwanga West, The campaign coordinator of Agabi 2015 including other low rangers .
APC chairman of the area also received other 30  PDP  decampees to the ruling party,The new members including Haruna Yakubu were received by the elected Local Government  chairman, Abashiya Mai Kwato and the party chairman, Mikah Magaji.
In Wamba Local Government, The APC loose it staunch member and former senator representing Nasarawa North, senator Yusuf Musa Nagogo to PDM,The embattled senator who served for over 12 months before he was ousted out of the national Assembly by the sitting senator, Solomon Ewuga  in a legal battle that ended at the apex court.
Nagogo decamped to the Progressive Democratic Party (PDM) after testing the bitter pills of defeat by his opponent, Yahuza Idris.
In Doma Local Government no fewer than 3,020 PDP followers dumped the party for APC, The chairman of Doma Local Government, Henry Omaku gave the breakdown of 2,085 that dumped, In a related development,40 PDP supporters joins the APC.
Last week in Doma bringing the number of the defectors 3,020 The decampees under the umbrella of APC Solidarity Forum Doma were welcome to the party by the party chairman, Retired ASP.Abdullahi Jibrin, among the decampees are the former chief of staff to governor Akwe Doma,Tanko Zubairu and his acolytes
In Obi Local Government, member Board of Trustees of the APC, Daniel Ayiwa  welcome over 70  PDP members to the party, The ruling  party also lost it female politician, Ramoga to the PDM, The defected  House of Assembly contestant  loose Agya at the party primaries.
Tiv community in Jenkwe Development Area also join the APC, No fewer than 50 PDP members decamped to the APC.
In Lafia Local Government during the week, Eggon youths under the auspices of Eggon Youth Progressive Forum from Nasarawa South Senatorial zone shower encomium on the candidature of governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura ,The  leader of the group, Ibrahim Gado,The political gathering did not witness the defection of single member to the party, A staunch member of the PDP and former MP,Muhammed Ahmed Al-Makura,a two time member House of representative representing Lafia/Obi federal constituency.

In a related development, The All Progressives Congress would lose 1,006 of its members to the People’s Democratic Party, The state chairman of the PDP, Chief Yunana Iliya has uncovered, He said 1006 were expected join the opposition party on the 15/1/2015.

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