The fortunes of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP has continued to dwindle against the February 25 presidential elections with scores of its members in Yobe State have abandoned the party for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The NNPP North-East Zonal Secretary, Dr Babayo Liman, announced the defection while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Damaturu.
Credible News earlier reported that Liman at the weekend resigned from the NNPP alongside hundreds of his supporters in Gombe State to throw his weight behind the PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“We are here to inform the general public and our teaming supporters of about 600,000 in the six North-Eastern states of our decision,” he said.
Liman said in Yobe, he was defecting “with about 170,000 supporters”.
“The party lacks structure and focus to address the problems of Nigerians,” he said.
He also disclosed that the leadership of his former party failed to resolve some internal crises for over five months which informed his resignation and decision to support the PDP’s candidate.
”As part of a tradition, when a leader defects from one political party to the other, he needs to inform his supporters of his decision. So I took it as my responsibility to go round the six North-Eastern states to inform supporters of my decision and position,” he said.
Liman said the 16 years of PDP administration in Nigeria has been a great success to all Nigerians.
He noted that insecurity then was only in some parts on Nigeria, unlike under the All Progressives Congress, APC’s administration where it has spread across all parts of the country.