A former caretaker committee Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Modu Sheriff will today, defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors, who cut across the eight local government areas of the state, claimed through their leaders that they returned to the PDP because the APC was confused, lacked focus and had no desirable agenda for the Ijaw people.
There was tension at the Benin City Airport on Friday evening, as supporters of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) nearly clash with those of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking earlier, Ojougboh told the APC National Working Committee (NWC), and governors of Kano, Umar Ganduje, Kogi, Yahaya Bello and Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, among others others, who received them that they chose to collapse their political structure into the APC after the unfavorable Supreme Court judgement of 2017.
However, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Bolaji Abdullahi, through a three-paragraph statement directed Modu-Sheriff to join the party in his ward.
"While we are aware of such intentions, we wish to restate our earlier position that anyone who wants to join the Party should do so at the ward level".
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Mr. Uzodinma, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, thanked the APC leadership for accepting them into the party. Among the former PDP chieftains that defected to the APC were Senator Hope Uzodinma, Sen.
Governor Ganduje of Kano state said the defection was historic because the most accepted faction of the PDP joined APC.
According to a statement, the APC told him to go to his ward and register as membership cards are not given at the national headquarters of the party. While receiving the new APC members into the fold, the SGF said: "From tonight, the narrative and trajectory of what will happen in 2019 has been defined". So watch out for those who want to divide you and sow seed of discord.
"We are going to start the process of congresses and primaries in a couple of weeks and our constitution made it quite clear that the day you join, you become a full member".
"It is our luck that we are taking the better part of PDP", he said, adding the with the new entrance, APC was sure of victory in the 2019 general elections. You know what it takes to build a string political party.