Faruk Malami Yabo, a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Jordan and a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has recently announced his decision to leave the APC and join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State. Yabo made this announcement at a PDP campaign rally in Yabo town, stating that his move to the PDP was a “homecoming” and likening it to the story of the prodigal son.
In his speech, Yabo expressed his appreciation for those who had supported his decision and vowed to do everything within his power to ensure the success of the PDP in Sokoto State. He stated, “I am grateful to all of you who have been a part of this movement. I promise to work tirelessly to bring victory to the PDP in this state.”
The announcement of Yabo’s defection to the PDP was met with enthusiasm by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who described it as a “welcome development”. Tambuwal praised Yabo for his wise decision to return to the PDP, emphasizing that it was made in the best interests of both the party and the people of Sokoto State. Tambuwal stated, “I commend the former Ambassador for his bold decision to return to the PDP. It is a testament to his commitment to the party and to the well-being of the people of Sokoto State.”
The defection of Yabo from the APC to the PDP is a significant event in the lead-up to the 2023 presidential election. It highlights the fluid nature of party politics in Nigeria, as individuals and groups may shift allegiances in pursuit of their political goals. It remains to be seen how Yabo’s defection will impact the electoral prospects of the PDP in Sokoto State and beyond.