- A former governor of Ebonyi, Martin Elechi, has registered as a member of the APC
- Elechi says he decided to join the APC due to his love for Buhari and the current state of the PDP occasioned by its protracted crisis
- The former governor describes the APC as the alternative for Ebonyi people and the Igbo race
A former governor of Ebonyi state, Martin Elechi, has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Elechi, officially became a member APC on Sunday, April 9, after registering at his country home in Echialike, Ikwo local government area, in front of national party leaders, Punch reports.
The former governor said he decided to join the APC due to his love for Buhari and the current state of the PDP occasioned by its protracted crisis.
“I knew Buhari 49 years ago when I started the movement for the creation of Ebonyi as he intervened during my arrest with nine other comrades, by officers of the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation.
“I was interrogated while standing for nine hours and he as the Brigade Major in Abakaliki at that time, ordered our immediate release.
“I thank God for his health as he had favoured the people of Abakaliki and will triumph in his onerous task of rescuing the country from misrule.
“He is the person Nigerians are waiting for as the Boko Haram and corruption issues could have been indescribable if God had not brought him to power,” he said.
Elechi stated that he was proud of the PDP due to the democratic ideals of its founding fathers.
He however, noted that its present leaders have truncated the ideals of the party.
He described the APC as the alternative for Ebonyi people and the Igbo race and thanked the party for offering him and his supporters, a political platform to identify with.
Elechi's defection comes few days after Senator Florence Ita-Giwa of the PDP dumped the opposition for the ruling APC.
She said that she is defecting to the APC with her huge supporters from her Bakassi constituency to boost the fortunes of the party in Cross River state.
In the NAIJ.com video below, an APC member criticises the party for failing to uphold its campaign promises.