25 Sep 2014

5000 PDP members defect to APC in Kogi

About 5000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including two former speakers of the Kogi State House of Assembly, and one time acting governor of the state, Clarance Olafemi, have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Receiving the defectors, who also left the party with there supporters at the Township Stadium in Lokoja, the state capital, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, said the occasion marked the beginning of the end of the PDP as the ruling party in the state.

The National Deputy Chairman of the party, Senator Lawal Shaba, who gave the opening remarks, described the APC as an interventionist party, noting that the party would work tirelessly in the next five months to salvage Nigerians and emancipate the people of Kogi from the strangle hold of the PDP.

Former governor of the state, Mr Abubakar Audu, who received the defectors and there supporters, said the dice has been cast, urging the people to stand firm in their quest to wrestle power from the PDP in the state.

A former Head of State and two-time ANPP presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd), while addressing the crowd, urged party loyalists to obtain their permanent voters card, without which he said they would not be allowed to vote.

Buhari urged Nigerians not to vote for “treasury looters” saying that the country under APC would be better and prosperous as the party was all out for positive change.

Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, noted that power has to be wrestled from the PDP because teachers salaries have not been paid in the last 10 months.

However the Kogi State PDP Vice Chairman, Hon Mohammed Abdulrahaman, debunked the allegation of non-performance, saying it is baseless and unverifiable.

He told Channels Television that those who left the party, are doing so to get positions in the APC but will return to PDP when they don’t get it.

He boasted that the PDP has the clout to win the forth coming election, noting that there defection has no significant role to play in the party.

He said the present administration under PDP has met over 70 per cent of the aspirations of the people.

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