In the Kwali Area Council of the territory, about 4,000 party loyalists have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils election in February 2022.

The disclosure was made by the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, in a statement issued by her Special Assistant on Media, Mr Austine Elemue, on Sunday in Abuja.

Aliyu greeted the decampees, assuring them of justice and fairness among the ruling party’s members and encouraging those who have yet to join to do so.

The minister expressed delight that the majority of the returnees are former leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the FCT, describing the event as a “harvest” of over 4,000 members.

As a result, Aliyu charged them to use their political clout to ensure the party’s victory in 2022 and beyond.

She, on the other hand, urged both old and new members of the ruling party to work together in peace and to follow the law, emphasizing that party decisions are supreme.

“We have come to receive over 4,000 of our brothers and sisters who have chosen to join the ruling APC on their own.”

“They came from a variety of political parties, particularly the major opposition parties, the PDP and APGA,” she said. They are greatly appreciated.

“They have tapped into the agenda of the incumbent chairman’s second term, the second term of credible governance, the second term of competent leadership, and the second term of solid management of our common patrimony in Kwali area council,” says the statement.

Aliyu, who clarified that the event was not intended to kick off the council election campaign, nevertheless tasked party members to support continuity in governance.

Earlier, Alhaji Abdulmalik Usman, the APC Chairman in the Federal Capital Territory, revealed that some of the decampees were founding members of the All Progressives Congress before jumping ship.

“Today, we are here to write another chapter, the history of receiving our brothers, some of whom we first met at this party.

“Our brothers and sisters, with whom we toiled to found this party at the time. As a result, these members sitting here today are welcomed back home.

“We’ve come to welcome these people back to their homes.” They went somewhere and claimed that the atmosphere there was unsuitable for them.

“They are returning home in good health to see their brothers and sisters, and we have nothing against them except to welcome them back to their home.”

“We’re not here to campaign because we don’t want our party to be indicted,” he explained.

Usman expressed confidence that the APC would win all six area councils and 62 wards in the nation’s capital on February 12, 2022.

Mr Usman Jiya, a former APGA aspirant, spoke on behalf of the decampees, assuring party supporters that their return to the APC was to build on the accomplishments of the incumbent chairman of Kwali Area Council.

In the upcoming area councils election, Jiya assured all members of their dedication and team spirit.

The event’s highlight was the FCT Minister of State and the party chairman presenting symbolic brooms to the decampees’ leaders.

Salihu Kolo, the former State PDP Deputy Chairman, Mr Habila Bwaba, the former PDP State Vice Chairman, and Maimunat Adamu are among the decampees.