17 ADC LG chairmen in Adamawa, others defect to APC, endorse Namdas


The drive by Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas to secure the gubernatorial ticket of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) got a tremendous impetus today as 17 chairmen of African Democratic Congress (ADC), other officials of the party alongside thousands of their supporters defected to APC and endorsed Namdas’ gubernatorial aspiration.

ADC which is the third strongest party in Adamawa State recorded over 100,000 votes in the last election.

It has been validated in political circles that had aggrieved ADC members who defected from APC to ADC in the build up to the 2019 general polls remained in the party, APC would have won the guber polls with a landslide.

Leader of the ADC group and secretary of the party in the state, Abubakar Babajo noted that they took the decision because of the belief that Namdas has what it takes to salvage the state from its current state of underdevelopment.

He said out of the array of those trying to lead the state, only Namdas cares about the people which informed his drive to embark on massive consultation with the people.

“Politics is about give and take and Namdas is the only aspirant who approached us and ask for our support.

“As politicians we weighted the request and found that it is out of a genuine drive to salvage the state and we have no option other than to support it,” he said.

He noted that his group also decided to endorse Namdas because of his pedigree as a grassroot politician who enjoys mass appeal.

“Apart from being a grassroot politician, Namdas is intelligent, young, vibrant and well exposed. So we believe he has the clout and the wherewithal to rescue the state,” he said.

Also speaking, the chairman of APC in Adamawa State, Ibrahim Bilal who applauded Namdas for wooing the defectors into the party said the chances of the party’s victory come 2023 has been boosted.

Bilal who was represented by the PRO of the party, Mohammed Abdullahi said the party will continue to provide enabling ground for all members wishing to contest elections under the party’s banner.

He thanked Namdas for the contributions he has been giving towards the growth of the party urging him to maintain the tempo so that the party can reclaim its lost mandate come 2023.

Also speaking, the campaign coordinator of Namdas, Abdurrahman Shuaibu said the massive defection in support of Namdas is a good tiding for Namdas aspiration.

He said it signals the confidence and trust the people have for his aspiration and has increased the numerical strength of the party.

“ADC is the third strongest party in the state. So if the third and the second biggest political parties fused, the future of the ruling party is at stake,” he said.

He noted that the aspiration of Namdas has reinvigorated the party and has made it a rallying point of many stakeholders adding that with the strides being recorded, APC will surely retake its lost prize come 2023.

He urged the new entrants to go back to their various wards to regularize their registration into the APC for proper documentation.


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