Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have dumped the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Agbor, Delta State.
Receiving the defectorsat a ceremony were leaders of the APC including the Minister of State for Petroluem Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and National Vice Chairman(South-South) of APC, Hilliard Eta.
The former PDP members were loyal to the Ali Modu Sheriff led faction of the party. They were led by the former national chairmanship of the PDP, Cairo Ojougbo.
The defectors showing their displeasure with the PDP, dumped their party registration cards in waste bins and lowered the PDP flag.
Ojougbo told the crowd that the PDP had marginalized and forced them out of the party, after the Supreme Court judgement which confirmed Ahmed Makarfi as the legitimate leader of the party.
Eta said he is optimistic that the new members would help reaffirm the APC’s victories in elections to come, especially in Delta state which is currently under the PDP, come 2019.
Responding to the news, Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Delta State, Ifeanyi Osuoza, said the PDP is prepared to win all elections in 2019.
NewsWire NGR recalls that in the build up of the 2015 elections, former president Olusegun Obasanjo had in like fashion, torn his membership card in rejection of the party.