The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of cooking up a story of defections into the party. The APC said the PDP received ghosts as defectors.
The APC has as such challenged the PDP to produce names and pictures of the 3,000 APC and APGA members who supposedly defected to the PDP.
The APC in a issued by its spokesman, Benedict Godson as such declared the claims of the PDP state chairman, Hon. Asiforo Okere that 3,000 persons defected to the PDP as “tales by moonlight”.
“politics is not a market square. It’s an activity that involves leaders and followers. Whenever APC announce a defection into our party, we tell people about the leaders whose followers in any local government or ward have decided to move with into APC.
“This does not in anyway limit the powers of other persons who are ,not leaders in the party, because they have right to take decisions, but take it or you leave it, in every political movement, there must be leaders and there must be followers. That’s how it works.
While asserting that the PDP received ghosts as defectors, the APC said:
“We challenge Hon. Asiforo Okere to give us names of prominent APC leaders that took their followers into PDP making up the fictitious, inexistent and ‘ghost-mode’ 3,000 persons he narrated about at Okpara Auditorium as comic relief to the tragedy already befalling the PDP.
“When Dr. Alex Otti, a strong force in APGA moved into APC with his followers it was clear. Also when Hon. Emeka Atoma, immediate past National Organizing Secretary of SDP, moved into APC with his followers and when Hon. Sam Onuigbo, former PDP serving member of the House of Representatives for ikwuano/Umuahia federal constituency, moved into APC, it wasn’t an amusing tale. Even the PDP felt the pain to the extent that they even protested against it”.
“They know that National Assembly members and many State Assembly members from their party are gearing towards joining the APC and they think with that bogus claim, people will believe they are still waxing strong in the state”.