Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, says that those defecting to it from opposition political parties will contribute to its growth and development.
John Akpanudoedehe, secretary of the APC Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CEOCPC) expressed the confidence on Sunday in Abuja in a statement to welcome federal lawmakers of the House of Representatives who recently defected from some opposition political parties to the APC.
He said that the development was an attestation that the APC was a party of choice for Nigerians.
In the previous week, Aliyu Yako (Kiru/Bebeji, Kano) defected from the main opposition PDP). Danjuma Shiddi (Ibi/Wukari, Taraba) also defected APGA to the APC.
Also at a recent plenary, Tajudeen Adefisoye (Idanre/Ifedore, Ondo) and Sam Onuigbo (Ikwuano/Umuahia, Abia) announced their defection from their party to the APC.
Akpanudoedehe said the recent meeting of APC South South leaders received two members of the Federal House of Representatives from Rivers, Chisom Dike and Ephraim Nwuzi representing Eleme, Tai Oyigbo and Etche and Omuma Federal Constituencies.
He said with the development, it was evident that the APC under the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led CEOCPC had been repositioned as the party of choice for Nigerians and progressive minded partisans.
“The mass defection to the APC is a signpost of the democratic and progressive environment the CECPC has created in the APC by accommodating all interests and ensuring peace, unity, fairness, equity, justice, inclusion and entrenching internal democracy.
“While we are confident that the new entrants will contribute their quota to the growth of the APC and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration,
“The CECPC assures that in line with the resolution of the last virtual emergency APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, waivers will be granted to those who have joined, or want to join the APC,” he said.