- Top-level realignment is dominating Nigeria's political space ahead of the 2023 general elections
- So far, the Peoples Democratic Party seems to be the losing side with many of its chieftains defecting to the APC
- More of the opposition party's members left joined the ruling party in Rivers on Wednesday, July 21
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Khana, Rivers - The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers state lost four of its prominent chieftains to the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, July 21.
The defectors, who are from the Khana local government area of the state are Dumka Philip Rojas, former leader of Khana legislative Assembly, Lekia Nwanikpo, a former supervisor for special duties, Dumbete Obegu, and an ex-special adviser to Khana council chairman, Dum Ntorue, Leadership reports.
On behalf of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, a Rivers APC chieftain, Engineer Chukwudi Dimkpa, received the new members and praised them for their courage, adding that they will all enjoy equal opportunities and participation in the party.
Rojas claimed that he and other defectors dumped the PDP because of the alleged hostile nature of the state government.
He went on to state that the APC became attractive to them due to the numerous developmental projects and federal appointments allotted to the state as a result of Amaechi's good office.
Defections: PDP slams APC for poaching its state governors
Meanwhile, the PDP on Tuesday, June 29 slammed the APC governors and the federal government for poaching PDP governors amid the growing insecurity in the country.
According to the party, instead of focusing on the current challenges of Nigeria, the APC is focused on politicking and wooing PDP governors.
The PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus made the comment while addressing journalists in Abuja after the defection of Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle to the APC.
“They are going after our governors but we are going after the masses of this country. The governors have one vote but we are after the people, the masses, the people who are suffering under this government.
“The masses are solidly behind us, the masses are for the PDP and we stand here to state clearly that we shall form the new government come 2023 because of the masses and not because of the governors.”