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As number of defectors continue to increase daily, the President urged party faithful not to be perturbed by the defections.
Buhari said: “The work we are doing is because of God, our country and you. I want to inform you that with the knowledge we have garnered over the years, we won’t allow you to be cheated.
“Like we promised, what will determine a good future for the country are security, strong economy and to stop corruption.
“We campaigned on these things, you voted for us and we will never forget.”
President yesterday referred to defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as “bad eggs”.
He said as the 2019 elections approach, “God will continue to fish out the bad eggs among us”.
“The President got a thunderous applause from party supporters at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, venue of the rally.
Buhari endorsed the candidate saying: “We have confidence in him and we trust him.”
He praised the crowd for defying the downpour to turn out in large numbers for the rally.
Lambasting the defectors, Oshiomhole said:
“This is a clear indication that some of them (defectors) have been sharing the country’s resources for 16 years, but failed to do that in the last three years.
“ Most of them are afraid of the anti-corruption crusade being waged by this administration, and are sure that most of them will find themselves behind bars.
“There is no going back on sending those found wanting to jail, no matter how highly placed they are.
“We are happy over such defection because we are fed up with the nefarious activities being perpetrated by them.”
Bauchi State Governor Muhammed Abubakar blamed members of the National Assembly for the country’s under-development, adding that he was happy that “most of them are leaving our party”.
He called on Bauchi South Senatorial District to vote for the APC candidate.
The APC’s state chairman, Alhaji Uba Nana, said defections had not affected the party in the state.
Meanwhile as PDP continue to bask in the euphoria of returning members from the All progressive party, the switch has not been free and fair to some PDP stakeholders. A National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the PDP from Kwara state, Hon. Ahmed Yinka Aluko, has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Aluko, who was the deputy governorship candidate in the 2015 elections resigned his elective position and membership of PDP during the party’ s NEC meeting yesterday.
The former Special Adviser on Security matters in Kwara State accused the opposition of impunity and undemocratic practices.
Aluko said he was irked by the decision of PDP National leadership to hand over the structure to Senate President Bukola Saraki.
He said: ” It is therefore shocking that the party at the national level has resolved to hand over the party structures and all electable positions to defectors without any regards for those who stood by the party and built it Into a strong winning machine in Kwara. It is even more shocking that as the only national officer from Kwara state I was not consulted”.
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