More Trouble For PDP As Influential Former Governor And Senator Officially Decamps To APC


The former Governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, on Thursday, September 22, officialy left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on whose platform he was first elected governor and then elected to the National Assembly to represent Plateau Central senatorial district.

The former governor who defected from the PDP to Labour Party in 2011, where he contested the senatorial election, and returned to the PDP in 2014, saying that his decision to rejoin the party was because he was a founding member, has explained why he dumped the PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In his latest defection letter to the senate president, he said, “after due consultations with my constituency, I write to notify you of my intention to cross over from the PDP to the APC.

“My decision is informed by the protracted division at the national level of the PDP that led to the massive movement of my supporters to the APC.

“Arising from this, I therefore write to formally inform you of my decision to go along with my supporters. I thank you for your understanding.”

Fielding questions later from journalists, Dariye said his decision to dump the PDP was informed by the crack in the party, adding that most of his constituents had defected to the ruling APC and that he wanted to be with his constituents for effective representation.

“My people in the PDP have moved to the APC and there is no need to remain alone,” he said.

Joshua Dariye, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Procurement, reiterated his commitment to serve the people of his constituency.


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