Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Politics: PDP Chieftains, Others Defect To APC Few Days To Kogi Polls
The defectors were led by Fehinti Dada the Director-General of the organisation and former chairman of Ijumu local government council, NAN reports.
According to Dada, they decided to join the ruling party because the PDP had failed the people
Dada said that he and the other members of the organisation defected from the PDP because the party had failed the people.
He stated that they conducted a survey and found out that the PDP led administration in the state had collapsed activities at the third tier of government and placed council staff on percentage pay.
Dada said: “I was in Ikole local government area of Ekiti last week. To my surprise, the council did not owe workers and recorded lot of achievements that had direct impact on the people, despite receiving less allocation in comparison to most councils in Kogi.”
He stated that the defectors would work with the existing party structure on ground and deliver the council to the APC.
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This is coming less than a week to the gubernatorial election in the state.
Receiving them in an elaborate ceremony held on Monday in Iyara, headquarters of the council, Prince Abubakar Audu, the APC governorship candidate said the wind of change pervading the country had finally come to Kogi.
He commended their courage, urging them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on the party to enable it shine at Saturday’s poll.
In a related development, Duro Meseko, a former member of the House of Representatives who represented Kabba/Bunu federal constituency in 2003 to 2007, also dumped the PDP for the APC with thousand of his supporters at Iluke in Kaba/Bunu constituency.
Meseko said that he and his supporters could not afford to be left out in the wind of change blowing across the country.
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Receiving the defectors, Snator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district advised them to join hands with older members of the party to defeat the PDP administration in the state.
According to him, Audu was the best of all the candidates jostling for the governorship position in the state.
Some Nigerian politicians find it hard to remain faithful to their parties when the going gets tough. Since the PDP lost the last general elections, thousands of its members have defected to the ruling APC.
Yesterday, November 16, some aides of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state, members of the State Working Committee (SWC) and over 2,000 faithfuls dumped the party for the APC.