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18 prominent PDP chieftains defect to APC

- 18 prominent members of the PDP renounce membership of their party at an APC rally in Bauchi state

- Uba Nana, the APC chairman in the state handed over the defectors to the national chairman of party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

- Speaking on behalf of the defectors, former governor of Bauchi, Isa Yuguda, assures the APC that they would ensure the success of the party during the forthcoming elections

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi on Saturday, January 12, received no fewer than 18 prominent members of the Peoples’Democratic Party (PDP) who had defected to the ruling party.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was part of activities marking the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.

Alhaji Uba Nana, APC chairman in the state handed over the defectors to the national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

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Nana commended the defectors for taking the right decision at the appropriate time, urging them to contribute their quota to the development of the state and the party.

Receiving the defectors, national chairman of APC, Oshiomhole, presented the broom to them as logo and identity of the ruling party.

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Speaking on behalf of the defectors, one of them, former governor of Bauchi, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, assured that they would ensure the success of the party during the forthcoming elections.

He urged the leadership of the party to pardon their shortcomings.

NAN reports that among the defectors were former Governor Isa Yuguda, former deputy governor Abdulmalik Mahmood, as well as senators Abubakar Maikafi and Babayo Gamawa, among others.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress not to throw Nigeria into an avoidable crisis over their desperation to sack the chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen.

Atiku gave the warning in a statement issued by his special assistant on public communication, Phrank Shaibu, on Saturday, January 12, Punch reports

The presidential candidate alleged that the plot to sack Onnoghen was a preemptive move because the Buhari government knows it is facing imminent defeat, and also bearing in mind that the courts play an important role in the final outcome of elections.

Atiku reminded the ruling party that irrespective of what President Buhari is being told by his advisers or the buttons they are pressing to forcefully remove Onnoghen, the principle of separation of powers remains sacrosanct in a democracy.

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