The gale of political realignments towards 2019 made a landfall in the Federal Capital Territory, as the FCT Minister, Malam Musa Bello received Honourable Zephaniah Bitrus Jisalo into the APC fold.
Honourable Jisalo, who is the Member representing the AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives formally announced his defection to the governing All Progressives Congress.
The announcement came in the early hours of the business day on the floor of the House of Representatives, as the Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara read Mr. Jisalo’s defection letter. In it Mr Jisalo had cited the division and leadership crisis within his former party, the PDP.
The event was attended on the floor of the House by a high-powered delegation of political stalwarts in the FCT, led by the FCT Minister, who was well received by the Speaker. Others were the FCT APC Chairman Alh. Abdulmalik Usman, Member representing FCT South in the House, Honourable Zakari Angulu Dobi, all the Area Council Chairmen and other party stalwarts.
The scene of the drama quickly moved to the FCT APC Secretariat in Durumi, near Games Village, where the new “bride” met a huge crowd of party faithful, who had thronged the Secretariat to welcome him. He was there issued with the party registration card by the Ward Chairman of APC, Malam Salisu Jibrin.
In speech after speech, leaders of the party eulogised the new entrant in various descriptions as a “rallying point, leader, bulldozer.” To many of them the event as a home coming. Honourable Jisalo used the occasion to explain that the serious leadership crises in the party, coupled with its lack of consultations and impunity had made it imperative for him to jump ship into what he described as a more progressive party. He further elucidated that his movement was at the instance of his people and the need to support the good works of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari.
For watchers of the FCT political landscape, it was a case of the bird coming home to roost as in recent time the hints have been dropped in various forums. One such forum was at the recent swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Secretaries and Coordinators of the FCT Administration by the FCT Minister, Malam Musa Bello. Said Jisalo at the occasion had declared, “Mr. Minister, we are happy with the appointments. We are happy with you. We are coming…” That coming, is what seems to have come.
The declaration to APC by Mr. Jisalo is only the most recent as the windmills of defection has been grinding steadily and grinding sure.
Chief Press Secretary
To FCT Minister