The reported mass defection of members of the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State has been dismissed by the party.
The Governor of the state, Bello Matawalle and the state’s PDP executives had on Sunday reportedly claimed to have received a large number of defectors from APC in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
However, the chairman of APC in the state, Lawan Liman, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday noted that the reported defection was a lie.
“It is mere propaganda aimed at deceiving the public, some media organisations, reported that 21, 000 APC members defected to PDP while others said they were 50,000, we don’t know which one is true, let them clear this figure first”.
The APC chairman accused the PDP led administration of intimidating and forcing APC members in the state to join PDP.
Liman claimed that the defectors were forced by the PDP led government in the state.
“You know APC is a party of progress, the people enjoyed meaningful development across all sectors during the immediate past APC-led administration in the state.
“That is why the people, especially in rural communities, are still behind the APC in the state”.
The chairman of APC in Maradun, Sa’adu Gora, stated that the alleged mass defection is not true and those that left did on their own.
He added that the bigwigs remain in the opposition party.
“As leaders of the party at the grassroots, we are enjoying support and cooperation from our members, even though our party is not in power at the state level,” he said.