APC chieftain defects to PDP
Alhaji Jibrin Danbarde, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State, on Monday announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Danbarde told newsmen at the PDP Secretariat in Gombe that he did not revalidate his membership of the APC.
“I eventually took the membership of the PDP on Feb. 2, 2021.’’
Danbarde, who cited bad governance as his reason for leaving the ruling party in the state, accused the APC-led administration of causing division among the people of the state.
“From Tangale-Waja to Dukku to Yamaltu-Deba, we are all one people, no division. Leadership is a sacred trust that has been entrusted by our forefathers on us and it must be protected.”
Danbarde also accused the state government of not investing in the youths and women of the state by empowering them.
Retired Maj-Gen Abnor Kwaskebe, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, said the party was working “relentlessly” to correct its mistakes ahead of the 2023 polls. Kwaskebe said aside Danbarde, many other APC members were expected to join the party in the coming days. According to him, the PDP has a formidable structure in the state and expressed optimism that the party will make a good show in 2023. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Danbarde was the first runner-up to Gov Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state during the 2018 APC primary election in the state.
Lightning strikes kill more than 50 in India
More than 50 people were killed in lightning strikes across several states in India, authorities said Monday, including 11 people at a historic fort. Hundreds of people are killed each year in intense storms at the start of the monsoon season, which bring respite from the summer heat across the northern Indian plains. Media reports said about 10 other people were killed Sunday in the desert state of Rajasthan and authorities added at least 42 died in different districts of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.
In Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, bolts hit two watchtowers at the 12th-century Amer Fort, which were packed with visitors watching the storm cross the city.
“It was already raining when the people were there. They huddled in the towers as the rainfall intensified,” Saurabh Tiwari, a senior Jaipur police officer, told AFP.
People had flocked to the fort, which gives a panoramic view across Jaipur, after several weeks of intense heat in the state.
Eleven people were killed and another 17 were injured, with three in critical condition, according to police.
Tiwari said up to 30 people were on the towers when the lightning struck.
“Some of the injured were left unconscious by the strikes. Others ran out in panic and extreme pain,” Tiwari added.