In a surprising turn of events, former Minister of Water Resources and ex-Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Mukhtar Shehu Shagari, has officially bid farewell to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after over 25 years of membership. Shagari, who previously held the ministerial portfolio during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), marking a significant shift in his political affiliations.
The announcement of Shagari’s defection was confirmed by the state secretary of the APC, Abubakar Yabo. According to Yabo, the former deputy governor has successfully obtained his APC membership card, cementing his status as a registered member of the party.
Shagari’s decision to switch parties comes as a surprise to many, given his longstanding association with the PDP. Throughout his years in politics, he remained committed to the party’s principles and ideologies. His defection to the APC is expected to bring about notable changes in the political landscape of Sokoto State and beyond.
The APC, which has been at the helm of Nigeria’s federal government, has gained a prominent figure in Shagari. His experience as a minister and deputy governor is anticipated to be a valuable asset to the party, as it continues to navigate the complexities of governance and political strategy.
Political analysts suggest that Shagari’s move could also influence the dynamics of Sokoto State politics. The state has historically been a key battleground for political parties, and Shagari’s presence in the APC might lead to a reconfiguration of alliances and power structures.
As news of Shagari’s defection spreads, reactions from both the PDP and the APC camps are pouring in. While some express surprise and disappointment at his decision, others view it as a strategic maneuver in anticipation of the upcoming political cycles.
Shagari’s journey from being a prominent PDP member to embracing the APC represents a twist in Nigeria’s political narrative. His experiences and insights gained over the years are expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future trajectory of the APC in both Sokoto State and the nation as a whole. With his fresh commitment to his new party, Shagari is poised to contribute his quota to the evolving political discourse and agenda of the APC.
In a landscape where political realignments are not uncommon, Shagari’s decision to switch parties underscores the ever-changing nature of Nigerian politics. As the APC welcomes a new member of his caliber, the implications of his choice will undoubtedly ripple through the country’s political spectrum in the months and years to come.
Source: Vanguard News
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