The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, February 16, lost one of its chieftains, Gbenga Daniel, to the ruling side All Progressives Congress (APC) in what has openly kick-started the political permutation against future elections.
Without any iota of doubt, the APC has been massively drawing a new army to its side ahead of 2023, all thanks to its membership registration and revalidation exercise.
Prior to Daniel, a two-term former governor of Ogun state's defected to APC. The last couple of days has been rewarding for the ruling train with high-profile people pitching their tents with the party. More people are still expected to join.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng highlights top people who have joined APC within one week - months after Governor Dave Umahi took the bold step to cross the fence.
1. Iyiola Omisore
Omisore was the governorship candidate of SDP during the 2018 gubernatorial election and he came third in the poll.
He was the mastermind behind the emergence of Gboyega Oyetola as the Osun state governor after colliding his structure with the APC in an election which initially appeared PDP was winning.
2. Blessing Onuh
Blessing Onuh, a daughter of the former Senate president, David Mark, joined the APC from the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
A member representing Otukpo/Ohimini federal constituency of Benue at the House of Representatives, Onuh is expected to register officially as a member of the APC soon.
3. Yakubu Abdullahi
Alhaji Abdullahi, a House member representing Bauchi federal constituency, also defected to the APC on Wednesday.
He joined the ruling train from the People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
4. Gbenga Daniel
Daniel, a southwest campaign manager of former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general election and a strong pillar of the PDP, also joined APC on Tuesday.
The former governor who is popularly known as OGD is expected to pick up the membership card of APC before the registration of new members closes.
Otunba Daniel has been a powerline and one of the financial engines of the opposition party, having served as governor between May 2003 - May 2011, with numerous businesses in the state to prove his solid influence.
5. Azubuike Ihejirika
Nigeria's former chief of army staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), on Tuesday officially defected to the country's ruling party.
Ihejirika was Nigeria's army chief between 2010 to 2014 under former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Ihejirika, 65, announced his decision to join the APC at his Isuikwuato country home in Abia-North senatorial district.
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