Aliyu Mohammed Sani, the Bauchi man who bathed and drank gutter water to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking at the Correspondents Chapel secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Bauchi on Wednesday, Sani, also known as Ali Gayu Na Baba Buhari, said his decision was motivated by his frustration and abandonment by the APC.
According to him, no member of the ruling party cared about him after his acts in 2019 to celebrate the APC’s national victory, but a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), one Alhaji Musa Azare, flew in from Abuja to show care and concern for him, which he said endeared the PDP to him.
According to Sani, “He (Azare) was happy to have come and met me in good condition because there were speculations that I died as a result of drinking from the gutter. But after confirming that I am fine, he even gave me a token.
“The reason I dumped the APC is, despite the wide spread reports of my action then in the media, they didn’t care about me.”
He said that despite continuing with his tailoring job, he did not seek monetary reward from the ruling party but to be empowered on his job, saying he had about 20 youths working under him.
“I told the APC that my major concern is not to get money from them but to empower me through my skill,” he said.