As the 2023 general election approaches, three members of the House of Representatives from Katsina and several other politicians in the state have defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
TOP MEDIA reports that the three lawmakers officially decamped to the PDP on Sunday. They are: Ahmed Dayyabu Safana (member representing Safana/Danmusa/Batsari); Hamza Dalhat Batagarawa (member representing Batagarawa/Rimi/Charanchi); and Salisu Iro Isansi (member representing Katsina Federal Constituency).
Dalhat’s decision to leave the APC was contained in a letter addressed to the APC Chairman for Batagarawa Ward ‘A’.
The lawmaker had lost in the APC primary election in 2022.
In a piece of related news, the Court of Appeal has dismissed the verdict of the Federal High Court Katsina, which nullified the primary election that produced Muritala Shehu as the PDP candidate for Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency, Katsina State.
Shehu filed the appeal against the decision of the Federal High Court Katsina, which on November 23, 2022, nullified the primary election where he emerged as the winner against Nasiru Sa’ad Ahmed.
In a unanimous decision delivered on January 27, 2023, the Court of Appeal set aside in its entirety the judgment of the Federal High Court, affirming the PDP primary election conducted for Malumfashi/Kafur Constituency and declared Shehu who scored the highest vote as the House of Representatives candidate for the party.
However, the appeal was heard on the appellant’s brief of argument only, as the respondent, Nasiru Sa’ad Ahmed did not file anything before the court to defend the appeal until he was out of time to do so.