By Sarah NEGEDU
As the race for the 2022 FCT area council election thickens, political calculations have begun with thousands of politicians jumping ship to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
An estimated 4,000 politicians, over the weekend, dumped opposition parties in Kwali area council of the territory to join the APC.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who received the decampees to the APC, assured them of justice and fairness, while calling on others who are yet to join to do so.
The minister in a statement by her media adviser, Mr. Austine Elemue, expressed delight for the ‘harvest’ of returnees who are mostly former leaders of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Aliyu charged them to use their political weight to ensure victory for the party come 2022 and beyond.
She used the occasion to appeal to both old and new party members to work together in peace, just as she emphasized on the supremacy of party decisions.
The statement quoted the minister as saying, “we are here today to receive over 4,000 of our brothers and sisters who have decided on their own to join the ruling APC. They came from various political parties especially the major opposition parties, the PDP and APGA. We appreciate them.
“They have keyed into the agenda of the second term of the incumbent chairman, the second term of credible governance, the second term of competent leadership, the second term of solid management of our common patrimony in Kwali area council.”
Aliyu, who acknowledged that the occasion was not to kick off campaign for the council elections, however, tasked party members to support continuity in governance.
The APC chairman in FCT, Hon. Abdulmalik Usman, revealed that some of the decampees are founding members of the All Progressives Congress before they jumped ship
“Today we are here to make another history, the history of receiving our brothers, some of whom we started this party together. Our brothers and sisters whom we struggled hard to form this party at that time. So it is a welcome back home for these members sitting here today.
He expressed confidence that come February 12, 2022, the APC will win the entire six area councils and the 62 wards in the nation’s capital.
Responding on behalf of other decampees, Hon Usman Jiya, former APGA aspirant, assured party faithful that their return to APC was to consolidate on the achievements recorded by the incumbent chairman of Kwali area council, assuring that all members of their dedication and team spirit in the forthcoming area councils poll.