- Mr Bala James Ngilari has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Ngilari is a former governor of Adamawa state in north-central Nigeria
- The former governor lamented that his former party, the PDP, has not been fair to him
A former governor of Adamawa state, Bala James Ngilari, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Giving reasons for his defection, Ngilari lamented that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has not been fair to him.
He said his defection will be formally made known soon, adding that some chieftains of the PDP and thousands of his loyalists will join him in defecting to the APC.
“It is better for me to go to APC where I can be valued and cherished because PDP in Adamawa has not been fair to me, I must be a candidate.
“In a sooner possible time a press conference will be organised where I and my teeming supporters will be decamped including prominent PDP men,” Ngilari told Tribune newspaper.
Meanwhile, in Ekiti, the crisis rocking the state chapter of the PDP took a dangerous turn on Saturday, August 29, as two state party chairmen and other executives emerged from different factions after 2 parallel congresses.
The PDP state congresses were held at two different locations in the state capital with the factions led by Senator Biodun Olujimi and former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose.
It was gathered that the chairman of Ekiti caretaker committee, Senator Hosea Agboola, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and police were absent at the parallel congresses.
Each faction announced new executive officers. Kehinde Odebunmi, a former member of the House of Representatives emerged as the state chairman from a group loyal to Olujimi and Bisi Kolawole former commissioner for environment for Fayose's camp.
The former governor and senator representing Ekiti South have been embroiled in a leadership tussle over the party's control which resulted in the emergence of two factions in the PDP.
Defections are very popular in Nigerian politics with politicians shifting from one party to another when their interests or expectations are not met.
A non-profit advocacy organisation based in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Centre for Public Trust (CPT), noted this recently in its reaction to the defection of Honourable Chidi Llyod from the APC to the PDP.
Llyod had served as the director-general of the APC governorship campaign in Rivers state in 2019.
“He is a stomach politician masquerading as an academic. He goes around trying to hoodwink people with his procured degree. His exit will be of no consequence beyond his ward. He will soon come begging again when the momentum of 2023 will start building.
“Rivers people must now see Chidi Lloyd as who he is - a man who is available to be procured by the highest bidder,” the group said in a statement sent to Legit.ng.
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