Scores Of APC Members Defect To PDP In BenuScores of ardent supporters and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue state have dumped the ruling party, defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The defectors numbering over 2000 were led by Hon. Thomas Mlanga, a chieftain of the APC. They are from Ucha in Ukum Local Government Area of the state. The ceremony was performed by former Governor Gabriel Suswam.
In a statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom 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.
It said the APC is a party that after barely two years in power has rather moved Benue state into widespread poverty, hunger and misrule on a scale that was never before experienced in the history of the state.
“As rightly stated by the lead decampee, Thomas Mlanga, at the occasion, the immediate past PDP-led administration of Rt. Hon. Gabriel Torwua Suswam PhD CON, 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.
“In Benue State the ‘change’ promised the people in 2015 has turned to ‘chains’ of slavery with close to a year of unpaid salaries piling up, massive borrowings coupled with statutory earnings accruing to hundreds of billions with no projects to show for it, rising insecurity and appealing levels of corruption.
“The doors of the PDP are still wide open to receive more and more of Benue people who, realising their mistakes, are turning from following in the path of deceit, empty promises and misrule being charted by the APC which is leading to nowhere but poverty and hunger,” it stated.