Former minister and deputy governor of Sokoto state, Mukhtar Shehu Shagari, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Shagari, who served as a minister under former president Olusegun Obasanjo, was a member of the PDP for over 25 years before joining the ruling APC.
Confirming Shagari’s defection to the APC, the state secretary, Abubakar Yabo, stated that the former deputy governor has received his APC membership card, making him an official member of the party.
Shagari’s decision to switch parties was attributed to the perceived discrepancies and treatment by the national PDP leadership.
Yabo confirmed that Shagari has received his party membership card which qualifies him as a dully registered member of his new party.
Reacting to Shagari’s defection, the Sokoto state PDP leadership characterized it as an act of betrayal, highlighting his six-year stint as a minister and his departure without his followers.
The Sokoto state leadership of the PDP while reacting to the defection of the former minister described the action as an act of betrayal, saying that the former minister left the party alone without his followers.
The publicity secretary of the party, Hassan Sanyinnawal, said the defection of the former minister would not in any way weekend the party or change anything in the state party structures, saying that the PDP remained the only and most formidable opposition in the state.