- A lawmaker in Benue, Joseph Boko, has defected from the APC to the PDP
- Boko said he decided to defect because of the alleged ill-treatment meted on him by the APC leaders
- The Benue lawmaker commended Governor Samuel Ortom for standing by him throughout his ordeals in APC
A lawmaker in Benue, Joseph Boko, representing Kwande West state constituency, who completed his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a grand rally in Adikpo, on Thursday, February 21, said he would work for the party’s victory at the polls.
Boko was sworn in as a member of the 8th Benue Assembly on February 12, after a protracted legal battle that traversed courts of different judicial jurisdictions.
He had been unlawfully substituted by the party and had been a frequent litigant in courts for three and a half years in search of justice.
The lawmaker renounced his membership of the APC after his inauguration as an assembly member.
At the rally on Thursday, February 21, Boko said he left the party because of the shoddy manner he was treated and the deceit of its leaders.
He commended Governor Samuel Ortom for supporting him to reclaim his stolen mandate in the state legislature and pledged to work for the victory of the party at the polls.
Former governor of the state and a senatorial candidate, Gabriel Suswam, commended Boko for his doggedness in fighting to reclaim his mandate.
He urged the people to support all PDP candidates in the polls.
Governor Ortom commended Boko for defecting from the APC to the PDP.
He said all that he lost would be restored and urged him to work with PDP leaders in the state to retain power at the polls.
Ortom urged the people to support the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to win the presidency saying "Atiku will make life better for all of you”.
Ortom, who owes many months of salaries to civil servants, said under Atiku’s presidency, he would have enough funds to clear all salary arrears and make life better for the people.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Benue state chapter of the APC was allegedly divided over funds released for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to reports, some party chieftains were reportedly sidelined on the eve of the postponed elections, when funds were distributed at the Makurdi home of the director general of Jime-Ode campaign organisation, Chief Tilley Gyado.
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