Babayo Liman, the Bauchi coordinator of the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mr Liman, the North-East zonal secretary of NNPP, announced his resignation at a news conference on Monday in Bauchi.
“I want to formally inform the general public, especially members of the NNPP in Bauchi State, North-East and Nigeria at large, that I have resigned as a member of the NNPP,” stated Mr Liman. “I have also resigned as the zonal secretary of the North-East as well as member and coordinator of the Presidential Campaign Council of the NNPP presidential candidate, Dr Rabiu Kwnkwaso.”
He added, “Let the general public know I have withdrawn my membership from the NNPP. I am no more with the NNPP from today.”
Mr Liman claimed that he ditched the NNPP for the PDP alongside many of his supporters, adding that the party lacked the needed structure to win elections in Nigeria.
He also explained that his decision to defect stemmed from the internal crisis, flagrant disregard for the rule of law and lack of unity among members due to poor leadership of the party.
According to him, the NNPP’s leadership poorly managed its affairs, resulting in the emergence of various factions. He, therefore, canvassed votes for the PDP and its candidates at all levels in the forthcoming election.
Also speaking, Yusuf Marafa, ward chairman of the PDP, Makama Sarkin-Baki in the Bauchi council area, welcomed the defectors.
He described PDP as the most organised party of any other political party and conducted its affairs like a family.
He pledged that the party would accommodate and ensure equal treatment of its members.