Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, yesterday, confirmed that some stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are set to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said that those expected to decamp from the PDP were impressed with the participatory and open door policy introduced in the state by the APC-led government.
Badaru, who disclosed this to journalists during an interactive session to mark his 100 days in office, said everybody is welcome to the party.
His confirmation has put to rest the speculations that some PDP stalwarts close to former Governor Sule Lamido would join the APC, a move which did not go down well with some supporters and stakeholders of the ruling APC in the state.
There were allegations that Badaru has signed an agreement with the PDP chieftains who, it was said, would be given key positions in the government when they decamped to the APC.
Badaru said: “It is true that very senior members of the PDP in the state as well as their supporters have concluded arrangement to join the APC in Jigawa and they are welcome. Remember, this is democracy and people are free to make their choices. We have been talking with them but I must also say that none of them is decamping because of any appointment or position in the government.
“They are impressed with our open door policy and the participatory nature of our government. Our government is humble and it welcomes ideas from all and sundry. We are not a government of know it all. We involve party stakeholders and communities in our policy formulation and implementation and they are impressed with the APC.”
Badaru said his government was working with the PDP chairmen in the 27 local government areas of the state without any problem.