The All Progressives Congress Campaign Council in Kaduna State on Monday said the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the Peoples Democratic Party would boost the chances of the opposition party in the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 general elections in the country.
The APC Campaign Council in the state is the campaign outfit for the former Federal Capital Territory Minister and the state governorship candidate, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, and the party’s presidential candidate, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for the 2015 elections.
Chairman of the council and ex-finance commissioner in the state, Alhaji Suleiman Hunkuyi, who addressed journalists at the El-Rufai Campaign Office, noted that for Mr. Obasanjo to dump the party he rode on to power for eight years, should be a source of concern to Nigerians.
He noted that if the ex-president, who is a highly respected figure not only in Nigeria but the world over, should dump his party, “it is a plus for the APC”.
Hunkuyi added, “Obasanjo is a highly respected figure in the country and if somebody of his calibre should get of the party that on which he rode on to power for eight years, then, it should be a source of concern to all Nigerians.
“He will be highly welcomed to the party. If the party can receive him, its a plus for the APC”, he said.
Meanwhile, the council said it would soon embark on a special campaign to mobilise eligible voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards in the state ahead of the rescheduled elections.
Though, Kaduna is one of the states that recorded the highest number of PVCs collected so far, Hunkuyi noted that the council would not rest until those that were yet to pick up the PVCs do so.
“Kaduna state stands high in terms of the collection of the PVC in the country but we are not resting on our oars. We will embark on special campaign for those who are yet to collect their PVC to do so until we reach 100 per cent collection rate”, he said.