2023: Mixed reactions as ex-Jigawa deputy governor defects to PDP 

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the defection of a two-term former deputy governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmoud Gumel, from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mahmoud recently announced his defection from the ruling party to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gumel made the announcement when in a resignation letter tendered to the chairman of the APC Galadimawa ward in Gumel town, the headquarters of Gumel local government area.  

He cited irreconcilable differences with the leadership of the ruling party as the main reason for his defection back to the PDP for the second time.

Mahmoud was seen as a key and strong ally in the APC and his defection is likely to have significant implications for the ruling party’s chances in the forthcoming polls in the state.

However, Mahmoud’s defection was met with mixed reactions among the public. 

Some applauded his decision, saying that it was a brave move which showed he was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in.

Others criticised the defection, saying that it was a selfish move which would only serve to further polarise the state’s politics as well as heat up the polity.

Meanwhile, the PDP has welcomed the defection. 

The PDP state chairman, Alhaji Idris Digintsa, said it was a clear sign that PDP is the party of choice for those seeking a better future for the state.

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