2023 Polls: APC’s Crisis Deepens As Hundreds of Members Decamp to PDP in South-South
- Over the past few weeks, the All Progressive Congress (APC) continued to suffer serious setbacks
- At the national level, several reports have confirmed disparities over the vote of confidence bestowed on Bola Tinubu, the party's flagbearer
- Meanwhile, the APC suffered the same fate in Delta state when hundreds of the party members switched camps to the PDP
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Delta, Ughelli - With less than two weeks to the much-anticipated general elections, the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been hit with a spiral of defection.
As reported by Daily Independent, the defectors (members of APC in Ughelli South Local Government Area) switched camp to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of polls.
Leading the welcoming of the new candidate, the PDP candidate for the Delta state parliament for Ughelli South Constituency, Engr. Festus Eseoghene Utuama urged members of the community under the constituency to stand firmly behind the PDP.
While speaking to supporters and new members of the party reflected on the prices of goods and commodities under the leadership of the PDP and how it was affordable for the masses.
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“But the case today is different as prices of goods and services have gone higher. Nigerians can no longer buy rice, processed cassava, fuel and many other products because of the bad economic policies of the APC-led government.
“The only party that can rejig Nigeria is the PDP. So I urged you all to vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for President and Vice President respectively; Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and Sir. Monday Onyeme for Governor and Deputy Governor respectively."
2023 polls: "PDP umbrella is enough to accommodate us" - Oshetigho
Meanwhile, the PDP chairman in Ughelli South Local Government Area, Michael Oshetigho gave kudos to the new members for having the courage to exit the APC.
In his words of encouragement, he said:
“The PDP umbrella is big enough to accommodate all of us. Let’s work together to kick out the party that has brought so much pain to us.”
2023 polls: APC Knocked Down as Over 20,000 Chieftains, Defect to PDP in Northern State
Similarly, the APC in Bauch lost more than 20,000 members to the fold of the PDP in Bauchi state on Saturday, January 14.
This is certainly a big loss for the APC, especially in the north which accounts for a large chunk of decisive votes in national elections.
One of the defectors, Bala Zungur, said he and others left because of internal crises in the party and the feats achieved by Governor Bala Mohammed.
2023: Akume's Kinsmen Defect in Droves From APC to PDP, Cite Oppression as Reason
In another development, APC in Benue state has suffered a serious setback politically as thousands of its members moved to the PDP.
The defection is particularly significant as the defectors are from the same local government with Senator George Akume.
Akume is a former governor of the state and currently serving as the minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs.