APC members defect to PDP in Abia, Edo

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OlisaAHEAD 2015 general elections, hundreds of opposition from the All Progressives Congress (APC), had on Tuesday, defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State.

The defectors, numbering over 800, converged at the PDP secretariat in Umuahia and denounced their membership forthwith, as they consequently burnt membership cards, party flags and pledged loyalty to the ruling party.

Receiving them, the state party chairman, Senator Emma Nwaka, assured PDP would accommodate them in the interest of love, as according to him, the party would keep receiving her prodigal sons, who have realised their mistakes, shown remorse and returned to their father’s vineyard.

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Senator Nwaka, who expressed optimism that the APC is dead and buried in Abia State, commended their resolve, adding “we have no choice than accept them back to the umbrella party,” he said.

Describing the APC as a divided house, Senator Nwaka wondered the temptation which led them to such a party, bearing in mind that the leader of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari, who suddenly became an advocate of democracy, was same person, who truncated the process in 1984.

While he assured them of equal treatment in the party, the chairman urged them to remain law-abiding, as he noted that PDP was one family and would not tolerate acts capable of bringing disunity in the party.

The party chieftain noted considering calibre of members from the APC opposition, who had indicated interest to join the ruling party today had clearly demonstrated that Governor Orji-led administration had done well for the state.

Also,  cross-carpetting of politicians in Edo State continued on Tuesday, with the latest being the defection of thousands of members of the APC in Ikbopa Okha Local Government Area of the state, who dumped the party for the PDP.

Some of the defectors, who pledged their support and those of their followers to massively canvass votes for the PDP in the forthcoming general election included a former chairman of the APC in Ikbopa Okha council, Brown Odia, a former women leader, Mrs Rebecca Idahagbon, youths and others.

The defectors, who were received into the PDP by the Edo State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, described themselves as the proverbial wife, who had tested two husbands and seen the difference.

Their leader, who spoke on their behalf, Elder Aigbangbe, said: “We are happy to be be back to the land of milk and honey. We were brainwashed into joining the ACN, but it turned out to be a party of dictators, where no meaningful development takes place.”

Orbih, who was represented by the acting publicity secretary of the Edo PDP, Chris Nehikhare, assured the defectors of fresh air, saying all the privileges due them would be accorded them like old party members.

He regretted what he described as the nonchallant attitude of the state government to public infrastructures, saying “urban roads are in unbelievable poor condition, while rural roads have been completely abandoned.