Muhammad Bashir, a member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly who lost his bid to secure the All Progressive Congress (APC) ticket for the House of Representatives, has dumped the party.
Bashir made his defection known on the floor of the assembly on Wednesday in Sokoto. He said that he hds now shifted loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to NAN, Bashir was beaten in the primary election for Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency by Abubakar Yabo.
“I wish to formally announce my defection from the APC to PDP as provided by Section 109(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
Reacting on the development, Sani Yakubu (APC-Gudu) said the member had been hobnobbing with the PDP for long, “so this defection has not come to us as a surprise”.
Yakubu disclosed that even after Bashir lost the ticket for the federal constituency, the APC still gave him a return ticket to the state Assembly.
“We wish him well in his new political party, and want to assure APC members in his constituency that his departure will translate into huge success for our party,” he said.