The Peoples Democratic Party Kogi West Senatorial candidate, Hon. TJ Yusuf has described the massive decamping of APC Members to the PDP in Kogi LGA as sign of victory to come in the 2023 general election.
Hon. Yusuf expressed optimism that the PDP would win convincingly in Kogi West Senatorial District, attributed the massive decamping of the APC members to the PDP as an acceptance of his candidature and that of the House of Representatives Candidate, Barr. Shaba Ibrahim.
Mass defection at the weekend rocked Kogi Local Government chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as over 1,000 members of the ruling party in the state defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Announcing their defection, leader of the defectors, Alhaji Abdullahi Isah from Gegu South, who spoke on behalf of others, said they decided to join the PDP because of the injustice meted on them by the APC leadership.
The three time House of Representatives Member for Kabba Bunu Ijumu Federal Constituency who was overwhelmed with the number of APC members that dumped the party, promised to provide dividends of democracy if given the mandate.
Welcoming the decampees, Member representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon. Shaba Ibrahim, assured that the umbrella is large enough to accommodate everyone willing to join the progressive team.
The lawmaker said the PDP would return to power come 2023, stressing that “with the current situation Nigerians find themselves under the maladministration of APC at all levels, PDP would rescue the nation when we return to power in 2023.
He explained that before arriving at a conclusion of leaving the APC, several efforts to resolve issues of the promises made by Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in 2019 that Koton Karfe would present Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency candidate, said the aspirant from Kogi was legally excluded through thuggery and undemocratic method.
Isah appealed to all lovers of democracy and supporters of justice, equity and fairness in Kogi Local Government as well as other loyalists across Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency to vote PDP to ensure its victory at all levels.
“Those in support of our leaders political ideology were deceived and treated unjustly, hence the need for us to leave the party for another political party where we feel we shall be accommodated and treated justly,” he said.
Also speaking one of the defectors, Hon. Musa Salihu, a former chieftain of APC in Lokoja Kogi Federal Constituency, confirmed the defection. He however didn’t elaborate on the reason behind the decision.
Others are Chikara South – 222, Irenodu – 67 Gegu North – 74, Gegu South – 244, Tawari – 119, KKF South-East – 185 and Girinya – 366 respectively.