Dr Maryam Ali, the wife of Senator Ahmadu Ali, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has decamped to All Progressive Congress (APC)
According to report, Dr Ali last Thursday denounced membership of the PDP to join APC at a ceremony at the National Secretariat of the APC.
“I believe I will be doing myself a lot of disservice if I don’t fulfill this burning desire in me. I know also a lot of people will wonder why I have chosen to opt for a political party different from my husband’s. Again, the answer is not farfetched; my family is a unique family, it is a family devoid of religious and ethnic differences.
“You are all aware that Dr. Amadu Ali is a Muslim and I am a passionate Catholic; also Dr. Amadu Ali is from North-Central and I am from the South-South.
“It therefore suffices to say that my becoming an All Progressives Congress member and him being an active member of the Peoples Democratic Party further displays the uniqueness of my family.”
She described her family “as one which symbolises a people who want to serve a nation with oneness, love and peace as the focus.”
Ali was received by John Oyegun, the National chairman of APC who in his remark said Dr Ali’s defection to APC started as a rumour but has now come to pass.
“l have heard news that today was going to happen and l was praying that there should be no change because this is one of those that gave us trouble and she gave the PDP some levels of trouble and they too troubled her.
“But l am glad now that this day has come that you are joining the APC because of your determination to render service to your people and the nation, which means that you have looked around, you have looked at your environment in the PDP and you have decided consciously after deep thought that the best vehicle available today on which platform you can render that service is the APC and l want to congratulate you.
“I congratulate you because you are not somebody who is flippant or somebody who is frivolous but somebody who come from a very serious family background.
“Yes, your husband was the longest serving national chairman of the PDP and it is not as if it is very long ago; it is a very recent past, yet you downplayed the impact of what you are doing on the family and the rest of the people but l cannot but believe that this is something that was discussed; this is something that was argued and this is an argument in which you prevailed and l have a strong feeling that those argument will still be in peoples’ mind.”