Th Director of the Labour Party, LP, presidential campaign council in Bauchi State, Alhassan Bawu has dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Bawu whose defection is coming three weeks before the presidential election said he defected to the PDP to support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday in Bauchi, he said the entire LP leaders in the Northeast had joined the PDP.
He disclosed that the defectors believed Atiku had the capacity to lead Nigeria.
Bawu said the LP lacked structure at ward, local and State levels, hence their decision to defect to PDP.
He said: “We believe the LP is not strong enough to win a single seat in the North-East.
“We are officially declaring that all the North-East executives of Labour Party are defecting to PDP to support Atiku.
“We don’t want to waste our votes, and we want to use this time to mobilise votes to who has the capacity to win the election.”
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar has said that he is in touch with the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP) Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for possible support.
In an interview with BBC Hausa service, Atiku said he is also holding talks with the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi.
He said the duo of Obi and Kwankwaso are not in anyway a threat to his chances in the election.
“I see no threat because we are not together with them (Kwankwaso and Obi). We are in talk with them, one of them may possibly come,” he said.
On the lingering PDP Crisis, Atiku said, “Each party has its internal crisis, we are still talking with them. Most are neither in PDP nor in other parties and definitely that will not make us loose the election because we okay with the elections preparations for now.
“Elections now is not like in the past when a governor will dictate who to vote for, elections today is in the hands of the voters.”
The presidential candidate also promised to open all Nigeria’s borders if elected president.