More than 3000 members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibaji local government area of Kogi have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Engineer John Ocheje, House of Representatives candidate for March 28 National Assembly elections led the defecting PDP members to publicly denounce their membership of the party at the weekend in Onyedaga, the headquarters of Ibaji council in the state.
He said they decided to join the APC to bring development and good governance to the people of Ibaji local government.
According to him, the people had always been members and consistently supported the PDP and massively voted the party at various levels of elections but has nothing to show for their efforts all this while.
Ocheje said that the people had realized that they could not afford to be in opposition and operate from outside the mainstream party if their yearning for change and development of the area must be effective.
“After the general elections, we saw that Ibaji has been giving block votes to the PDP than any other local government in the state but nothing to show for it. And they are not happy about it.
“Hence, they ask me to lead them to where we can get positive change because politics is about positive change. After giving it a good thought, we then decided that the party that would give us the change that we need is APC and not PDP.
“All leaders in the 10 wards, former caretaker chairmen, past councilors of the council are all defecting today alongside their supporters”, he said.
Ocheje assured that Ibaji people would give the APC all the support they had hitherto given the PDP and even more, especially in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, saying “PDP in Ibaji is dead.”
Prince Abubakar Audu, former governor and APC leader in the state assured the defectors that they would be placed on equal privileges with old members of the party, saying that their decision to join the progressive party was a wise one.
Audu who was represented by the party’s Kogi East Zonal chairman, Daniel Isah said: “with the people we are receiving today from the PDP, the APC will form the next government in Kogi State.”
He called on members to speak with one voice while charting a new course for the development of the local government and the state.

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