Kaduna State’s Deputy Speaker, Isaac Auta Zankai, and Suleiman Dabo, who represents the Zaria state district, have both defected from the All Progressives Congress and joined the Labour Party.
The Kauru state constituency is currently represented in the Assembly by the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.
Umar Farouk Ibrahim, national secretary of the Labour Party and chairman of the gubernatorial council, made the announcement on Thursday in Kaduna, alongside the inauguration of the party’s 450-strong Governorship Campaign Council and the release of the party’s manifesto.
On the campaign trail, Ibrahim boasted that half of the state’s House of Assembly members were “Obi-Datti” apostles and that the party’s support from high-profile individuals in the state was a sign that it would likely win statewide and nationally in the next elections.
He said, “sincerely speaking, today is one of the happiest moments in my life. I have gone around to campaign for our presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and I have received great receptions.
“I am particularly impressed by the calibres of personalities that grace this inauguration. In the entire northern states, we don’t have any personality that dumps APC and join Labour Party except in Kaduna State with the Deputy Speaker and another member from Zaria state constituency.”
The scribe for the LP also issued a call to action to members of the party in the state, encouraging them to pull together and form a unified front to ensure their success in the upcoming elections.
He encouraged the young Nigerians who made up the Labour Party to keep fighting until Obi-Datti established the country’s new administration, saying that “power resides with the youth.”
Jonathan Asake, the party’s candidate for governor in the state, also spoke, calling the Labour Party Movement a “divine” organisation and encouraging the campaign council members to view their membership as a “call to service” in light of the current status of the country.
“This is a call to service because the mood in the nation is that the Labour Party must take over the nation. The mood of the nation is nothing other than the readiness of the youths to take over Kaduna and Nigeria so that the country will be a production nation and not a consuming nation.
“This is a divine movement and God’s hand is in the movement. May peace come to Nigeria so that we may not experience hunger, or kidnapping again,” Asake, a former member of the House of Representatives, added.