The APC North Central zone vice chairman in the state, Abdullahi Baba Saleh, who expressed delight while receiving the defectors made a pledge to the newcomers promising them a change of fortunes.
“We are happy to receive you people into our great party. We are also happy that people are beginning to know that the APC in the state, under the leadership of Governor Umaru Al-Makura, is concerned about development.”
Saleh assured that the party would provide a level playing ground for all members and prioritize the welfare of all citizens of the state.
He also advised the defectors to see themselves as equal to old the members of the party, saying they were free to contest any political position of their choice in future elections.
Speaking on behalf of the new members, a former chairman of Obi LGA, Barr. Musa Aloko, said the achievements of the APC-led administration, especially in Jenkwe and in the state in general, encouraged them to move to the APC.
A few weeks ago, a massive wave of defection also hit the PDP Enugu state chapter as many of its members moved to the rival party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The massive defection saw the likes of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former governor of old Anambra state, Chief Jim Nwobodo, former Speaker, Enugu state House of Assembly, Hon. Eugene Odo and a host of others move to the ruling party, APC.
The recent massive defection has left many in wonder on what the fate of the PDP in the country would be by 2019.
Meanwhile, Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has said 20 serving Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are ready to join the PDP. Akpabio said this while speaking at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP in Abuja in January.
“As I speak, so many senators from the ruling party are eager to join PDP. All they want is a return of peace to the party. Once that is done I can assure you that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP.”
Senator Akpabio lamented that it was the internal crisis within the PDP led to the loss in Ondo and Edo States governorship elections but added the party was going to regain its former glory in no distant time.
Reacting to the recent massive defection of members to APC, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said those who defected from the PDP were after contracts and employment opportunities.
“We should allow them to get the contract they are looking for, to get employment they are looking for. At the appropriate time, we would know who is who in the South -East. There is nothing to worry about, we are completely in control.”