Sunday, 18 September 2022

Atiku, Obi suffer setback as PDP, LP members defect to APC in C'River

Asuquo Cletus Felix | 16th September 2022

Politics they say is a game of numbers, as the 2023 general elections draw closer, some members of both the People's Democratic Party and Labor Party in Cross River State over the week defected to All Progressives Congress in Cross River State. 

No fewer than 170 supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, including the party's mobilisers in Calabar South Local Government Area, Of Cross River State,   have defected to the All Progressives Congress.

Prominent among the defectors are the PDP mobiliser for Calabar South LGA and some former lawmakers and party stalwarts at the grassroots cutting across, the People's Democratic Party, Labour Party and other political parties. 

Leading the defectors, Emmanuel Omini, a grassroots mobiliser for the PDP cited the performance of Prince Bassey Otu, a former lawmaker, and flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress, Cross River State for Gubernatorial elections in 2023 as reasons for their defection. 

He added that the unending crisis bedevilling the party has made them seek refuge in the moving train of the All Progressives Congress as they are not willing to continue waiting. The decampees also expressed disappointment, on how they were treated, according to them, the party had forgotten them and never gave them any consideration, hence they were not willing to be addressed as its supporters, nor mobilize for the general elections.

The defectors were received by the state  APC chairman Alphonsus Oga Eba,  in a "Thank-You" initiated by the Prince Otu Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation, which took place on Thursday, at the Calabar South Local Government Secretariat.

Emmanuel, who spoke on behalf of the decampees, vowed to ensure the election of Prince Bassey Otu, as the candidate of the APC in the 2023 general elections.

The defectors who commended Prince Otu for attracting empowerment projects to the constituency pledged to continually support him to attract more development to the state in 2023.

He said, "We are not surprised with Prince Bassey Otu, because his performance, even while he was in the Senate, has spoken already for him.

"You demonstrated your move, love for the people when as a senator,  you shared and empowered the youths and women, your doors when you were senator was always open.

"Now you are coming to run  as a governor of our state, we  have seen all that you have done across boards when you empowered our brothers and sisters, and we have decided to join you and your party for the general benefit of our people."

He also said other defected PDP alongside their supporters, have all agreed that "they will never labour to death".

In his response, Prince Otu expressed optimism that with the enthusiasm displayed by the defectors, APC would emerge victorious in the 2023 polls.

The former lawmaker who reiterated his commitment to promoting the interest of the State and the people pointed out that he would continue to attract federal government presence to the state.

"I am indeed happy with your commitment to ensuring our party soars above others come 2023.

"I want to appeal to you not to see yourself as newcomers, but part of the process to ensure a better state," he stated.

Similarly, Chairman of the State  APC  Alphonsus Oga Eba, assured the decampees that they would be accorded full  rights and privileges enjoyed by other members of the party.