Hundreds of PDP Supporters in Rivers Decamp to APC
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Several members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ubima community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Friday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former PDP supporters joined the opposition party in the state under the aegis of Ubima Progressive Group (UPG).
Leader of the group and Grassroots Development Initiative coordinator in the community, Prince Chinedu-Ordu, told a mammoth crowd of APC faithful in Ubima that the PDP which they belonged to and worked for has reneged on its promises and abandoned them.
Speaking at the event which attracted the cream of the party in the area and beyond, Mr Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi, a frontline aspirant for the House of Representatives in Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency and immediate past Commissioner for Lands and Survey in the state, said the move was a welcome development.
He also urged the defectors to support the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and work for the success of the party in the 2019 general elections.
Receiving the defectors, leader of the APC in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Mr Chibike Ikenga, tasked them to be worthy ambassadors of the party.
Mr Ikenga, on behalf of the party, handed the defectors to the Chairman of the party in the area, Mr Bestman Amadi, who welcomed them to the APC family.
He equally tasked them to work for the success of the party in the 2019 general elections.
Highlights of the event were solidarity speeches and burning of insignia and sundry paraphernalia of the PDP by the defectors.