The wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Ali, Mariam, has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ali, who was received on Thursday by the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja said: “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 far-fetched. My family is a unique family, it is a family devoid of religious and ethnic differences.
The former PDP chairman’s wife said her decision to join the APC was to continue to serve Nigerians, adding that she would be doing herself “a lot of disservices” if her desire was not achieved.
“You are all aware that Ahmadu Ali is a Muslim and I am a passionate Catholic. Also, Ahmadu Ali is from North Central and I am from the South South. Therefore, religion and ethnicity do not play a role in our lives.”
Ali further said joining the APC while her husband remains an active member of the PDP displays the uniqueness of her family.
“We symbolise a people who want to serve a nation, a nation where oneness, love and peace reign supreme. Today marks the beginning of greater peace, love, and oneness amongst all Nigerians. It is a new dawn, one nation, one destiny, one people. It is about an indivisible nation, Nigeria,” she added.
In his remarks, Odigie-Oyegun said Ali’s entrant to the APC has added more value and quality to the party and its leadership both in Delta state and at the national level.
The APC leader added that although Ali was the longest serving National chairman of the PDP, he wished the decision taken by his wife was extended to him.