Barely 3 weeks after elections, House of Reps Decamps to APC


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Maiduguri Metropolitan Council in the February 23 House of Representatives elections, Engr Abdulsalam Mustapha Kachalla, has decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC), two weeks after his defeat at the polls.

Kachalla made the development public in a chat with newsmen in Maiduguri on Tuesday, March 12. reports that Kachalla said his decision was not informed by pressure or his defeat in the House of Representative elections.

PDP rally in Maiduguri

He says his decision is informed by the level of credibility President Muhammadu Buhari’s Leadership has demonstrated.

He adds that the leadership of the Borno governor, Kashim Shettima was also a motivating factor for his defection.

In his words, “My decision to join the APC is largely informed by the credible leadership demonstrated by President Muhammadu Buhari and Borno Governor Kashim Shettima; and for my former lecturer, Prof Babagana Umara, who is now the governor-elect.”

Kachalla also adds that he joined the ruling party to contribute his own quota in ensuring the interest of his people and future generations are catered for.

He further stated that Borno state cannot be weighed down by conflicting priorities urging that more politicians should focus on the collective good of the people.

“ We cannot afford to be in the opposition any longer, given the bitter experience of gross underdevelopment and total neglect it suffered between 1999 and 2015 when the PDP controlled the federal government.”

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Borno chapter of the PDP rejected the governorship election result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

However, the Action Peoples Party (APP) and Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD) hailed the election and pledged to support the incoming APC government.

INEC had declared the APC candidate, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, winner of the Saturday, March 9 governorship election in the state.