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Gombe NNPP Chairman Defects To APC



With only three weeks until the general election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Peoples Party (NNPP), has suffered another setback as the party’s chairman in Gombe State defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Newsmen understand that the NNPP Gombe State Chairman, Maikano Umar on Friday dumped the party for the ruling APC in the state.

Umar was learned to have made the announcement of his defection when he visited the state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya at his residence on Friday.

Newsmen recall that similarly, some of the party in Zamfara State also defected to the Peoples Party (PDP) last week.

It was gathered that the NNPP’s Northeast Zonal Secretary and member of Kwankwaso’s council Babayo Liman, alongside 17 local government executives, dumped the party for the PDP.

This is as Liman disclosed the recent development at a media briefing held at NUJ Secretariat in Damaturu.

According to him, he was resigning his appointment to join the PDP to support its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar because the NNPP has no structure in the zone.

The former NNPP council member alleged the party lacks a vibrant party structure to confront the numerous internal crises at state chapters of the party and also to face the upcoming general elections.


Liman, who pointed out that the above were some of the reasons he and other left the party advanced that the party had a crisis in Bauchi which last more than five months without being resolved.

He submitted that if the party can not resolve a crisis within a chapter in five months, what then can they offer Nigerians?

Liman disclosed that five national of the NNPP have also defected to PDP in the northeast with him and they include the National treasurer from Bauchi, Alhaji , National zonal women leader, Hajiya Halima Tafawa Balewa, public relations officer of the zone, Ibrahim Tal.


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