- Mass defection has hit APC in Cross River state, as over 1,000 of its supporters defected to the PDP
- Sunday Omang, assistant secretary of the APC, who is among the defectors said he took the decision because of Governor Ben Ayade's good works in the state
- Omang was a member of President Buhari’s campaign organisation in the state until his defection
Emerging reports have claimed that Sunday Omang, assistant secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state, and over 1,000 of his supporters have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Guardian reports that the defectors made the move during Governor Ben Ayade’s campaign rally in Bekwarra local government area of the state.
This is contained in a statement by Ayade’s campaign team and chief press secretary and senior special assistant on media, Christian Ita.
It was learnt that Omang was also a member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign organisation in the state until his defection.
He said: “My decision to join the PDP was never influenced in anyway by anybody. Rather, I took the decision alongside my supporters to join PDP because of the good works Governor Ayade is doing to transform Cross River.”
At the rally, he said the northern zone of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the over 50,000 commercial motorcyclists in Bekwarra declared their unalloyed support for the governor in his re-election bid.
In another news, thousands of youths dumped the PDP for the APC in Bayelsa. They were received by former governor and APC leader in the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, at the weekend.
The defectors, mostly youths, who are indigenes of Tombia-Ekpetiama clan, said the PDP had nothing to offer them and promised to work for the emergence of APC candidates in their constituencies.
One of them, Ebi Alamiyeseigha, said he held many positions in the PDP in the past but chose to abandon the party because it had not brought development to their clan. Sylva commended the defectors, saying that they took the right decision by abandoning the PDP.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a former youth leader of the opposition PDP in Nuku- Sabon Gari ward of Abaji area council, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Peter Yandu, and 157 other members have defected to the ruling APC.
According to the report, the former youth leader said he and other members had been in PDP since 1999 but were later abandoned by the party they worked for.
Speaking on Wednesday, January 9, Yandu said since the party had abandoned them, they decided to pitch tent with the ruling APC after series of consultations with some of his former PDP members in the area.
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