The Labour Party , LP has lost eight Jigawa State House of Assembly candidates to the All Progressives Congress, APC towards the build up to the 2023 general elections billed to begin in February.
The eight candidates are from Auyo, Kirikasamma, Bulangu, Malammadori, Kafin Hausa, Birniwa, Guri and Kaugama constituencies.
A statement from the media office the Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Badaru, signed by Habibu Kila said Governor Badaru received the the decampees at an event in the government house.
Kila said the governor also received a member of the northern presidential campaign council of the Labour Party who dumped the party and joined the APC.
“Governor Badaru expressed his appreciation to them and promised that they will be carried along in all party activities and urged them to be loyal party members.”
One of the defectees, Muhammad Makinta, from Guri Local Government Area, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they joined the APC after they realized that the party in the state has more prospects, the statement claimed.
Muhammadu Makinta said they will work to ensure victory for APC’s candidates in the general elections in their respective areas of influence.
The Chairman of the APC in the state, Aminu Gumel, while welcoming the new APC members, assured them that they would be accorded the rights and privileges enjoyed by old members.