The first major casualty of the defection of Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko to APC took effect today as former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa bade farewell to the leading opposition party to join the ruling PDP.
The defection of Bafarawa was done alongside all the leaderships of defunct CPC, ANPP and ACN from the 23 LGAS of Sokoto State. This leaves only supporters of Wamakko in APC in Sokoto State. It will be recalled that the deputy governor, Muktari Shagari and his supporters remained in PDP when Wammako defected.
Bafarawa, a founding member of APC and key factor in the merger that gave birth to APC said that he was compelled to defect because there is no hope that he would find justice in the new political party.
The former two-term governor and a grassroots politician in Sokoto State built the structures of the party in the state, but was frustrated when the party leadership handed over his hard fought structure to Wammako, simply because he is the serving governor.
Sources close to Bafarawa said that he held five meetings with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu appealing to him to prevail on other leaders to allow him control the party leadership as was the case before Wamakko’s defection. He was said to have been promised a positive response, but that was dashed after Lai Mohammed, APC publicity secretary announced that party structures were now in control of the decampee governors.
Bafarawa had been irked because he served at the same time as governor with Tinubu who is now the National Leader (South) of the party where serving governors of the APC exist.
Yusuf Dingyadi, Special Assistant (Media) to Bafarawa said that the final decision to defect was made after the former governor held consultative meetings with his associates from the 23 LGAs of Sokoto State.