PDP laments as 6 Kogi legislators dump party for APC

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi
has flayed the defection of six members of
the state House of Assembly to the All
Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to the defection executed on the
floor of the legislative chamber at plenary on
Thursday, Mr Bode Ogunmola, the state
Publicity Secretary of the PDP, condemned
the action.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the
defection, Ogunmola said the legislators
rode on the crest of the party into power
and had only turned around to bite the
fingers that fed them.
Ogunmola assured that PDP would reclaim
the mandate through constitutional
provisions and extant laws governing
elections, advising the defectors to vacate
their seats immediately.
The spokesman described the situation as
“indeed disheartening” that rather than joins
hands with the party to take control of the
state in the next dispensation, the members
chose to betray PDP.
On its part, the State Government, through
Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the Director-General,
Media and Publicity to Gov. Yahaya Bello,
said that APC was a revolutionary movement
against poverty, underdevelopment and
corruption.
Fanwo said that the administration of the
governor was working hard to serve the
people of the state and help defeat poverty
and criminality with the ultimate goal of
taking the state to the Promised Land.
“The governor’s style of leadership must
have attracted the legislators who defected
to the party. Governor Yahaya Bello will
continue to deliver on his promises and
continue to strengthen the All Progressives
Congress.
“Politics is about people and development. I
am quite sure the constituents of the new
defectors must have impressed it on them to
join the Governor’s party as the party is
becoming the most popular as Kogites
experience leadership extraordinaire.
“As the leader of the party in Kogi, the
Governor welcomes them to the APC fold
and wishes to assure them that all will be
treated equally in the party,” Fanwo said.
He restated Bello’s administration to
continue to work in the interest of progress
and prosperity of the people.
The spokesman of the defectors and Majority
Leader of the Assembly, Mr Matthew
Kolawole, said: “The dynamism of politics as
witnessed in recent times must be leveraged
to reflect on our constituencies.
“This has been a pivotal factor that
influenced our decision. Irrespective of the
misconceptions and misrepresentation that
our defection might elicit, we remain
resolute in our quest to ensure a better life
for the people of our various
constituencies.’’
John Abah from Ibaji; Adoke Bello, Adavi;
Kolawole Matthew, Kabba-Bunu; Ahmed
Mohammed, Ankpa 1; Victor Omofaiye,
Ijumu, and Kekere Sani-Abdulkareem, Okehi
of the PDP defected to APC at plenary on
March 16.

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