A group, Arewa Paradigm Shift, has said that the recent mass defection of Peoples Democratic Party leadership members to the opposition All Progressives Congress in Sokoto State was part of the strategy by Senator Aliyu Wamakko and other stakeholders to reposition the party ahead of the 2023 general elections in the state.
In a statement issued in Kaduna, the group’s Director of Mobilization, Alhaji Adamu Musa-Illela, said the APC leadership had met several times in the state to discuss how to strengthen the fortunes of the party ahead of the forthcoming general elections in the state.
The group said, “The first step towards the repositioning agenda spearheaded by Senator Wamako became visible when Alhaji Ibrahim Gidado, Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, quit the ruling PDP in favor of the APC and declared allegiance to the APC.
“Gidado, a former member of the state assembly representing Sokoto South Constituency 1, and his supporters defected from the PDP because they could not focus on the cause and distrusted the leadership of the PDP.
Apart from the former MP who defected along with his numerous supporters, the chairman of Tangaza Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Salihu Kalanjine, and his eight councilors also defected to the APC.
“Kalanjine, a close associate of incumbent Governor Aminu Tambuwal, has left with his loyalists and supporters, and other bigwigs in the ruling PDP will soon leave the party as the Wamako and party leadership improve on existing mobilization strategies.
“It is a new era in the history of Sokoto State. Opposition politics has already begun as Governor Tambuwal’s Commissioner for Career and Security Affairs, Col. Garba Moyi Isa (retd.), has defected from the ruling PDP to the APC, citing lack of focus and trust issues on governance in the state,” the group added.