Some officials of the group at the meeting.
By Ahmed Ahmed
A group, Bauchi All Progressives Congress (APC) Faithful, has urged the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP) Governorship candidate, Sen. Halliru Jika, to defect to APC.
Jika defected from APC to NNPP after being defeated by Air Marshal Saddique Abubakr (rtd) at APC Governorship primaries in the state.
He later contested as the flagbearer of NNPP in the state.
Sen. Jika of NNPP came third with 60,496 votes at the 2023 general elections, while APC’s Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who came second with 432,272 votes and the incumbent governor, Bala Mohammed, polled 525,280 votes to clinch the seat.
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Mr Anas Mato, the Coordinator of the group, made the appeal in Bauchi at the weekend.
He said that the appeal for Jika’s return to APC was after due consultation with stakeholders in the state.
He said after careful observation of the happenings in the party and contacts with some relevant and critical stakeholders, the leadership of the organization resolved to take decisions for the greater interest of the general public.
“To bring back Sen. Hallira Jika of the Bauchi Central Senatorial District to rejoin APC for the interests of the party.
“Our decision to take these bold and important decisions at this critical moment of grief followed careful reflection of what transpired in the recent weeks in the party over the leadership crisis in the state.
“We consider this decision as the right move for our great party to return to its position as the most popular party in the state,” he said.