About 5,000 All Progressives Congress (APC) members have left for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Northern senatorial District as the struggle for the state of Cross River has continued to intensify.
Former APC ward and chapter officers, women leaders, Hausa community leaders in Ogoja, Yala, Bekwarra, Obanliku, and Obudu, as well as LP candidates in the most recent elections for the federal seat representing Ogoja/Yala, are among the defectors.
The Vice Chairman of the PDP Northern Senatorial District, Chief Austine Edibe, welcomed the defectors on Saturday at TTC field in Igoli-Ogoja and praised them for their fortitude in re-joining the party at such a crucial time.
He urged them to return to their respective wards and strive for the victory of the PDP in 2023, noting that the wards with the highest vote totals would be rewarded with additional democratic dividends.
Sen. Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, who also welcomed the defectors, gave them advice to stay steady and loyal to the party leadership in their various wards and assured them that there would be additional empowerment programs to accommodate them.
In order to be prepared for the upcoming conflict, Jarigbe advised the defectors to fasten their belts and refuse any inducements.
Efiok Cobham, a former deputy governor, had earlier urged the defectors to join the operation vote out APC and to get their PVCs ready to restore the PDP.
Some of the defectors stated that they were eager to work for PDP and that the party had returned to its roots.
Agim Joseph Agim, one of the defectors and a former chapter treasurer of the APC in Obudu, claimed they returned to the PDP out of affection for Sen. Jarigbe and to take part in the party’s success story before the 2023 election.
Ushie James Odey, a former APC secretary who served in Bekwarra’s Ukpah district for seven years, responded, saying: “I got nothing and wasn’t empowered.
I made the decision to defect to PDP in order to receive human care there. John Brown Ugbada, a resident of Yala, responded as follows:
I arrived with roughly 300 APC members. In order to work for PDP and reposition Yala local government area, we are rejoining PDP.
Dominic Ebi, a previous candidate for the LP in the most recent by-election for the Yala/Ogoja federal constituency, stated: I have rejoined the PDP because it is a family with a reward system.
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