The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Zamfara state chapter, Saturday, received 420,000 All Progressives Congress (APC) defectors.
This was made known by the state party deputy chairman, Alhaji Muktar Lugga, in an interview with newsmen in Gusau, shortly after receiving the defectors.
He said the defectors were drawn from the 14 local government areas of the state.
Lugga added that a total of 30,000 APC defectors have been received by PDP from all local government areas.
He said PDP in the state is welcoming all members from any political party in the state who wishes to join the party.
Alhaji Lugga cautioned members of the PDP in the state to remain law abiding citizens and eschew any form of havoc or crisis, especially as electioneering campaign starts.
“We want to call on members of our party, particularly youth, in the state to refrain from causing any unrest during electioneering campaign,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state government has issued an urgent order to close down four broadcast media stations in Gusau, the state capital.
420,000 APC Members Defect To PDP in Zamfara As Government Shut Down 4 Broadcast Stations for Covering Party’s Rally
The announcement of the closure of the stations was made by the Information Commissioner, Ibrahim Dosara, in a statement issued Saturday.
Dosara said the affected broadcast media stations include NTA, Radio Nigeria Pride FM, Al’umma FM and Gamji TV, respectively.
Weetalknaija.com.ng reports that the shutdown followed a political clash that resulted in the death of three people and many wounded between supporters of PDP and APC last Saturday in Gusau, shortly after the PDP governorship candidate, Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare, entered Gusau from Abuja.
A former Minister of Information, Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, while reacting to the state government’s directive, said no state government has powers to shut down media organisations owned by the federal government without permission.
Similarly, the general manager of Radio Nigeria Pride FM station, Malam Mujitaba Ramalan Bello, stated that the station will continue to work according to law without bias.
According Blueprint, the directive to shut down the media organisations affected two federal government-owned media houses, namely NTA and Radio Nigeria Pride FM, as well as Gamji TV and Al Umma FM, which are private media organisations.