Ishaku’s commissioner dumps PDP for APGA



Justin Tyopuusu

The Taraba State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Anthony Danburam, on Friday, officially announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Danburam, who was the first Speaker of the Taraba State House of Assembly in 1992, picked the nomination form of APGA to contest the seat of Lau Constituency in the state House of Assembly.

The former PDP chieftain had earlier resigned his appointment as commissioner.

Damburam, speaking to journalists, accused the state PDP chairman, Mr. Victor Bala Kona, of imposing a candidate to represent Lau Constituency in the state House of Assembly against the wishes of his people.

He said, “I indicated interest to run for the seat of Lau Constituency in 2015 before I was asked to step down by the chairman with a promise that I would run in 2019.

“But with the election approaching, the chairman called me and asked me not to contest for any position, with a promise that I would be appointed as Secretary to the State Government after the 2019 elections.

“But this was not the agreement we entered into in 2015 and my people are calling on me to represent them in the state House of Assembly. So, since the PDP has dumped me, I have decided to go with my people.”

The state Chairman of APGA, Mr. Ishaya Bako, who officially received the former commissioner, promised that the party would do everything possible to support him.

Another APGA leader and member representing Wukari/Ibi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Shiddi Danjuma, also welcomed the former PDP chieftain to the party.

According to him, the defection of the former commissioner is a big boost to the party.

Efforts to get the reaction of the State PDP Chairman, Mr. Victor Kona, proved abortive as his phone indicated it was switched off.

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