Why I joined APC - Bil­bis

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

For­mer min­is­ter of state for in­for­ma­tion, Al­haji Ikra Aliyu Bil­bis, has ex­plained that he left the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) for the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) be­cause the APC is show­ing more com­mit­ment to­wards the trans­for­ma­tion of the coun­try.

Bil­bis who was re­ceived into the APC at rally in Gusau on Satur­day, told our cor­re­spon­dent in Abuja that hav­ing served as a leading mem­ber of the PDP in the past, he has dis­cov­ered the party is drift­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.

“I re­call with emo­tion how, us­ing the in­stru­ment of the party, we had un­der the able lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Umaru Yar’adua, sought to bring about change to the polity by re­main­ing firm to our com­mit­ment to the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

“But the PDP we have to­day, I must say, has de­vi­ated from the fo­cus of its found­ing fa­thers and has shrunken into a ghost of it­self, with no clear cut pro­gramme, while al­low­ing it­self to be overwhelmed by what or­di­nar­ily, should have been op­por­tu­ni­ties to show its ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” he said.

He said the APC pro­vides the al­ter­na­tive for good gov­er­nance in the coun­try with a “clear vi­sion and pur­pose­ful lead­er­ship.”

The for­mer min­is­ter said he was en­cour­aged to join the APC “by the good ex­am­ple of pur­pose­ful lead­er­ship pro­vided by Gover­nor Ab­du­lazeez Yari of Zam­fara State who he said has not only laid the foun­da­tion for the growth of the state but has gone far to im­prove the lot of the com­mon man.

He called on the people of the state to join the party.

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