- Scores chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state have dumped the party
- The party members defected enmasse to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
- Numbering over 2,000, they were led by Honourable Thomas Mlanga
A report by Leadership indicates that over 2,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue state.
According to the report, the party members numbering over 2,000 were led by Honourable Thomas Mlanga.
They are from Ucha in Ukum local government area of the state and their welcome ceremony was performed by former governor Gabriel Suswam.
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In a statement signed by the state PDP publicity secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, the opposition party commended the decampees for “taking the wise decision to cross over into the light having realized they were only tricked with empty promises by the APC.”
The statement read: “As rightly stated by the lead decampee, Thomas Mlanga, at the occasion, the immediate past PDP-led administration of Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam, brought unprecedented prosperity and development to the people of Sankera area through the execution of massive infrastructural projects, pointing to the Zaki-Biam-Afia-Gbeji Road which passes through Ucha, as one of such projects.
“We like to emphasise here that, after sixteen years of stable existence during which period the PDP steered the ship of the Nigerian state to entrench democracy, and having emerged as one of Africa’s foremost political parties, our great party remains the only viable alternative for the Nigerian people, irrespective of tribe, religion or social status.
“The doors of the PDP are still wide open to receive more and more of Benue people who, realising their mistakes and are returning home.”
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Similarly, at least 5000 supporters drawn from the APC, Labour Party (LP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) over the weekend defected to the PDP in Onitsha North local government area of Anambra state.