The Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State has welcomed into the party three former commissioners, two former local government chairmen, three directors-general and 12,562 party members of the All Progressives Congress.
The former commissioners who defected were identified as Idris Keta, Abdulkadir Ahmed and Aliyu Tsafe, while the defecting former local government chairmen were Musa Tsafe and Sani Kantoma.
The two former directors-general who defected were Bashir Ganuwa and Saminu Lawali.
All the defecting politicians came from the Tsafe Local Government Area of the state.
The defectors while giving the reason for their decision stated that they joined PDP due to the peace being enjoyed by their communities under Governor Bello Matawalle.
They stated that the efforts by Matawalle in addressing the security challenges in the State within a short period of time were “quite commendable,” which they said needed the support of all well-meaning citizens for the sustenance of peace in the state.
The Governor of the state while receiving the defectors, appreciated them for joining the PDP.
He described their decision as a wise one that was worthy of commendation and assured them of equal opportunity as erstwhile members of the PDP in contributing to the development of the state at all levels.
Governor Matawalle further stated that his administration is determined to improve the living standards of the state, especially those affected by banditry, through the establishment of social intervention programmes that would impact them positively.
He added that the resettlement process of all the IDPs in the state had reached an advanced stage, he added that the Federal Government has promised to join hands with the state in that area.