Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 February 2013

Nigeria: Over 100 PDP Youths Decamp to ACN in Abaji

About 186 members of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), mostly youths, on Wednesday decamped to the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Abaji Area Council.

The youths are from Tudun-Wada community in Nuku/Sabon-Gari ward of the council.

Speaking on behalf of the decampees, their leader, Ibrahim Yahaya, said their decision was based on lack of sincerity on the part of their former party, which they accused of side lining them in the affairs of the party.

He alleged that some caucus in their erstwhile party had not been fair to them in terms of welfare, especially during campaign rallies to rural communities.

According to him, the over bearing attitude of some group of elders and women from the party in the area as well as absence of internal democracy within the party, forced them to pick tent with the opposition ACN in the area.

ACN's chairman in the area, Alhaji Muhammed Angulu Bello, who received the decampees, commended the youths for their foresight in joining the party.

He noted that their action has further proved that the party is for the poor masses at the grassroots.

"Just last week, the Peoples Progressive Alliance (PPA) went to signify its interest to INEC to also join alliance with other opposition parties to support ACN's candidate in the area," he said.

On his part, the chairmanship candidate of ACN in the area, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, commended the decampees for their courage in joining the party and assured them of full recognition in their new party.

He pledged to sink boreholes, provide electricity, construct water drainage systems as well as provide employment/job opportunities for youths and women of the community if elected.

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