Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has inflicted more pain on his party and support base in northeast Nigeria, less than a week after his visit to Bauchi State.
The aftermath of Kwankwaso’s visit saw Dr Babayo Liman and hundreds of supporters of the party defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi state.
The defectors who addressed journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Bauchi, declared their support for the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the crowd, Mr Liman expressed optimism that Atiku’s PDP has the capacity to salvage the country from its present hardship and ailing economy.
Liman, citing Atiku’s antecedents as a former vice president for eight years, argued that the former Vice President will turn things around for Nigeria’s progress.
“I am here at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Bauchi State branch to inform the press and the general public that today, I Babayo Liman, has resigned from my appointments as National Zonal Secretary, member of the presidential campaign council, coordinator of Kwankwasiyya and membership from the party.
“I am here with some of my executive members and thousands of supporters to declare our intention to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and to support the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as president of Nigeria and Bala Mohammed as governor of Bauchi State, respectively.
“I’m calling on all my supporters in the entire North East to follow my steps to decamp from the NNPP to the PDP, and also call on my supporters in Bauchi State to do the same”, Liman was quoted as saying.
WikkiTimes recalled that Atiku who is the PDP presidential flagbearer is facing a corruption allegation in what is now referred to as AtikuGate.
An audio recording released in a viral video by Atiku’s former aide, Michael Achimugu, last week, alleged that the former vice president is alleged to have explained how some organisations were set up to divert public funds through special purpose vehicles.