By Solomon Gabkwet, Jos
Deputy speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi
has announced his defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Gagdi made his decision known to the ruling party in a letter he
addressed to the house which was read during plenary on Tuesday.
In his letter, he said his former party PDP has wallowing in internal
conflict that has became a source of embarrassment to members.
Gagdi also alleged there has been no peace among PDP fold in the state
due to the poor leadership style of the state executive of the party.
“Meanwhile, my local government, Kanam LGA including my own
constituency is an APC stronghold. There have been so much pressure
from the people that voted me to join them in the ruling party, and
after much consultations among people of my constituency, it became
dawn on me that my remaining in the opposition party PDP for long will
be at my own political risk.
Hence, after due and wider consultations, I have decided to take the
bold step by announcing my decision to follow the dictates of my
constituents, I have therefore decamped to join my people in the
ruling party APC in my state
The minority whip in the house, Hon Daniel Nanlong who represent
Mikang constituency also join the deputy speaker in announcing his
cross carpeting from PDP to APC.
Hon Nanlong said he has decided to sacrifice his position as the
minority whip to take join the ruling party adding that, “i preferred
to lose my principal position in the house than losing the people that
gave me the mandate in my constituency.
Receiving the decampees on the floor of the house, majority leader of
the state house of assembly Hon Henry Yunkwap said the ruling APC has
gained overwhelming majority in the house and there is the possibility
of the few PDP members in the house joining APC in the nearest future
adding that that is the beauty of democracy.
Speaker of the house, Rt. Hon. Peter Azi said the new entrants into
the ruling Party would be treated on equal status considering they are
principal officers of the house.
However, the leadership of the people’s Democratic Party in the state
has said the action of their two state assembly members will not in
any way affect the popularity of PDP in the state.