The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto State, Saidu Umar, has welcomed 2,343 supporters of the All Progressives Congress who defected to his party in the state.

Umar received the new PDP members on Thursday at the inauguration of the Ubandoma/Sagir Mainiyo Old Market Development Association.

This was contained in a statement by Umar’s aide, Nafiu Lema, made available to The PUNCH on Friday.

Umar assured the defectors that they would be carried along in all the activities of the party, especially as the campaigns had commenced.

He charged them to dedicate more energy towards garnering support and promoting the party and its candidates in the area. 

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Outlining his agenda on empowerment programmes, Umar said his administration, if elected, will provide opportunities for the youths and women in the state.

He commended the chairman of the association, Abdulrashid Maccido, for empowering men and women in the area and urged other business people in the party to emulate the gesture.

Umar was accompanied to the event by the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Abdullahi Maigwandu; Commissioner for Animal Health and Fisheries, Abdulqadir Junaidu; and the Commerce and Industry commissioner, Bashir Gidado.

Others were the Local Government Council Chairmen of Sokoto North and Sokoto South, Mustapha Shehu Sokoto and Faruku Sayudi respectively.

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