Pastor Margareth Inusa, a former governorship candidate of the Africa Democratic Party (ADP) in Plateau, has defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Inusa, who announced her defection at the PDP state secretariat in Jos on Thursday, also endorsed Lt. Gen. J.T Useni (rtd), the PDP candidate, for the Plateau governorship seat.
In her speech at the ceremony, Inusa said that Nigeria needed strong and resolute governance to get her back on track.
She described her defection as “a deliberate step toward rebuilding and restoring Plateau for meaningful progress”.
Inusa had won the governorship primaries of the ADP and was its candidate until she was dropped to suit the party’s zoning arrangement.
Inusa, who is from the central senatorial zone, was forced to surrender the ticket to Brig. Gen. Jon Temlong (rtd), who is from the southern zone, the same zone as the candidates of the two leading parties – PDP and APC.
The 43-year-old linguist, who was promised the deputy governorship slot, was later dropped completely from the ticket, while Temlong’s pledge to refund expenses incurred while building the party, was not kept.
Inusa, Pastor of Glorious Life International Church, Jos said that she jumped from the ADP ship because it was not capable of delivering Plateau from its current situation.
“This is the moment Nigeria needs strong and resolute governance to get us back on track again. I believe PDP is the right platform for that dream.
“My vision for Plateau is a place where all physical and spatial forms of segregation, discrimination and exclusion will be completely eliminated.
“We want a place where cultural and tribal diversity doesn’t come before the need of the state. We want a place that facilitates shared prosperity and livelihood and of equal territorial development,” she said.
According to her, the defection came from a desire for the emancipation of Plateau state from obscurity to a better, safe and prosperous state.
She said that she had found a home in the PDP and had fully embraced the mandate of the party.
“My answer was, and is still absolute; I want the emancipation of Plateau State from obscurity to a stronger, better, safe and prosperous state.
“We have found our place, we are home now, we believe in the PDP, we fully embrace the PDP mandate. We are confident of the leadership of the party under the chairmanship of Damishi Sango.
“The candidacy of J.T Useni is assuring to us and the people of Plateau state as a whole,” she said.
Also speaking, Useni said that a vote for him in Saturday’s election would be a vote to restore the dignity of the state and a vote to restore peace and security.
Useni said that any attempt by the ruling party to rig the elections would be met with strong resistance while calling on INEC to be sincere in its dealings.
He further urged people to come out in their numbers to “vote for freedom”.
Accepting the defectors, the state chairman of the party, Damishi Sango, welcomed Inusa and her supporters to the PDP, and urged her supporters to vote for the party during the governorship and state assembly elections on March 9.