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Jibrin Isa Echocho end his Political Career in PDP, Finally Defected to APC.

The first runner-up in the last Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Kogi State, Alhaji Jibrin Isa Echocho, and the son of former governor of the state, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Idris, yesterday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lokoja amidst cheers and jubilation.

Receiving the decampees, the leader of the party in the state and gubernatorial candidate of the party, Prince Abubakar Audu, said with the departure of Echocho, PDP is dead and buried.

Audu said he is coming back to develop the state and not to revenge, and also be the first governor to shift power to another zone, adding that he would never victimise a Kogi citizen by using the police or EFCC as vengeance belongs to God.

He emphasised that job creation will end youth restlessness in the state and that he will borrow money from the capital market to ensure that the Ajaokuta Steel Company works and gives the needed jobs to the teeming Kogi youths.

He frowned at the current practice in the state where the state government pays only 30% salary to the civil servants, promising to end the practice and pay all the remaining arrears.

Echocho said they gave PDP enough time to amend but they failed, adding that Audu's coming is divine. He urged all elders and youths in the state to support Audu in the coming election.

Also speaking, the former commissioner for information, Hon Tom Oyekhire, said Ebiras should vote Audu as it is only through the APC that the Ebira agenda can be realised.

Among those that defected were former Senator Dangana Ochaja, Hon Tom Zakari, Hon Adamu Sani, Hon Ada Zigo and some immediate past council chairmen.

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