The All Progressives Congress have suffered another blow in Gombe with a new wave of defection, as key party officials and government appointees have defected to the New Nigerian Peoples Party.
Tribune reported that the move by officials and members of the party from Billiri and Shongom Local Government Areas of the state which defected to the NNPP, was to join the State Governorship candidate, Khamisu Mailantarki, in his quest to wrestle power from the ruling APC.
The defectors include the Serving Secretary of the APC in Shongom LGA, Hon Nelson Bagudu, a Special Assistant to the state governor, Jesse Dereba Maipundi, a legislative aide to Senator representing Gombe South zone, Engr Mela Lasoru Ibn Lele and Hon Alhassan Musa Aliyu.
Their defection comes barely nine days after the defection of the former Commissioner of Youths and Sports Development, Hon Julius Ishaya Lepes and member representing Kaltungo West constituency, to the same NNPP.
Speaking on behalf of other defectors, Bagudu said, they dumped the APC because of leadership failure and the inability of its government to ward off insecurity and economic challenges affecting residents of the state.
According to him, the APC-led government in the state lacks administrative principles and policies that would usher in democratic dividends to rural dwellers to alleviate their plights and bring purposeful governance in the State.
He, therefore, called on all right-thinking people in the state who are in APC and PDP to return to the NNPP as APC and PDP have failed the people.