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Family on fire as wife of former PDP National Chairman raises eyebrows; joins APC while husband remains with opposition party


Dr Maryam Ali, the wife of Senator Ahmadu Ali, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to Punch, Mrs Ali announced her defection on Thursday, November 23, at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital. 

She stated that she had a desire to continue to render services to her people; and that was why she made the decision to move over to the ruling party. 

She stated: “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.

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 “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.” Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the APC, expressed his utmost delight at the development; stating that from being a rumour, it had now become reality. 

He stated: “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.” 

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