Publish date: 2022-07-03 18:00:50 | Author: Animashaun Salman | Source: punchng.com
As the 2023 general election draws nearer, the political scenario in Sokoto State keeps changing as no fewer than 3,000 members of the youth wing of the All Progressives Congress traders, announced their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The party had earlier received defectors a few days ago when nothing less than three governorship aspirants on the platform of the APC; former ministers, and two members of the National Assembly defected to the PDP.
Speaking while announcing their decision at the Sokoto State Centre for History and Bureau, the state mobiliser, APC Youth Wing, Sokoto State Market Traders Association, Ahmed Zabira, cited the good disposition and open-mindedness of Governor Aminu Tambuwal towards all and sundry in the state.
Zabira said over 80 per cent of members of the youth traders backed the decision to move to the PDP.
According to him, despite our hard stance as opposition members, Tambuwal never discriminated against our members in whatever form of assistance, support, and welfare to the entire traders in the state.
“Governor Tambuwal’s disposition to the entire citizenry of the state irrespective of political affiliation was the reason we decided to join hands with his administration in moving the state forward.
Also speaking at the event, Shuaibu Yellow, alleged that the assistance pledged to victims of the inferno that ravaged part of the Sokoto Central Market in early 2021 by the Federal Government delegation that visited the state had not been redeemed
“This unfulfilled pledge is one of the major reasons why we are leaving the party. All of us gathered here are traders and since the fire incident, life has been unbearable to many of us.
“Aside from some of us who stocked our shops with goods supplied to us on credit and still battling to repay the debt incurred, some of us have been living from hand to mouth,” Shuaibu lamented.
Alhaji Abubakar Kalambaina stated, “As youths, we decided to chart a new course for ourselves because the leadership we had betrayed the trust we had in them.
“They neglected our welfare to pursue their selfish interest. They usually go to our former party leaders and come back to us with stories while some of our members are stranded.”