Bauchi State House of Assembly Speaker, Abubakar Sulaiman has renounced his membership with the All Progressive Congress, APC.
The lawmaker announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, Naija News understands.
Sulaiman made his defection known during the Ramadan Iftar (breaking of fast) hosted by the State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for PDP stakeholders from Ningi, Toro, Warji and Dass Local Government Areas of the State at the Government House, Bauchi.
The chairman, of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, told his Muslim brothers that his defection to the PDP was in recognition of the exemplary leadership style of Governor Bala Mohammed and his commitment to transforming the State.
According to him, Governor Mohammed’s development strides endeared him (Speaker) to defect to the ruling party in the State.
He further applauded the governor for what he termed his (Governor Mohammed’s) ability to ensure a harmonious working relationship between the executive arm of government and the State House of Assembly.
According to the Speaker, this was achieved by the governor despite the party differences, adding that the harmonious relationship between the two arms of government allowed for the formulation and implementation of people-oriented policies and programmes in the State.
In his remark, Governor Mohammed welcomed the lawmaker with joy, saying that it was a great honour done to him by the Speaker.
The governor said his administration chose to embark on developmental projects across the State to provide the dividends of democracy to the people of the State instead of promoting corruption by sharing government resources among a few people.
He then solicited continuous support and collaboration with his administration, to ensure sustainable growth and development in Bauchi State.
Also speaking, the State PDP chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, welcomed the speaker into the PDP, declaring that Sulaiman was one of the prominent politicians who joined the PDP.
According to him, with the PDP’s performance and ability, it would emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections in the State and the country in general.