The All Progressives Congress (APC) has suffered yet another blow as over 7,000 of its members in Benue state have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This Day reports that the aggrieved members defected to the PDP in Otukpa, Ogbadibo local government area of the state.
Matthew Ochigbo, a one-time chairman of PDP reportedly led the defectors who also dumped their APC membership cards.
He stated that they were leaving the party for the PDP in order to support the aspiration and wishes of the people of Idoma land, especially for the reelection bid of the former Senate President, David Mark.
The director general of the David Mark reelection campaign organisation, Abba Moro, who received the defectors, hailed the people of the area for their consistent support of the PDP.
“What over 7,000 of you have done today in Otukpa clearly shows that those who recently left the PDP after riding on the crest of the party and the goodwill of Senator David Mark are standing alone even in their own localities.
“The coming rerun election will be an opportunity for all Idoma sons and daughters to move against the wicked plot of some external forces to demean our people.
“It will also be a better platform for us to publicly demonstrate our unalloyed support to a course that holds a better prospect for our people in general,” he said.
In a related development, a mass defection has hit the Rivers state chapter of the APC following the Supreme Court judgment which upheld the election of Nyesom Wike as the Rivers state governor.
The chairman of the PDP in Rivers state, Felix Obuah, who described the defection of some APC members into the party as unprecedented, said the party would welcome back some of its members who left due to fear that the Supreme Court verdict will favour the opposition.
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