Five ward Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State and their supporters on Friday, May 7, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the defection ceremony was held at the LGEA Primary School, Wurukum, Makurdi.
According to report, it was attended by some top government officials and PDP stalwarts across the state.
Those who dumped APC for PDP were identified as; Pever Jacob, Chairman, Bar council ward, Ibrahim Hassan, Central South Mission ward , Audu Jacob, Chairman of Modern Market ward, Tor Joseph and Orshio Clifford of Walomayo and Mbalagh council wards.
The Governor of Benue State, duly represented by his Chief of Staff, Terwase Orbunde, welcomed the ward Chairmen. He commended them for the bold decision they had taken in abandoning APC, which he described as a failed party.
Meanwhile, State PDP Chairman, John Ngbede, expressed delight that the defection of the APC ward chairmen and other top members had weakened the party in Makurdi LGA.
He stressed that the APC must be voted out of power at the national level to ensure a better Nigeria which will be beneficial to everyone.
He congratulated the defectors on joining a stronger and winning party and called on them to rally around the state Governor to enable him to defend the people and to undertake more people-oriented projects.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Ibrahim Alhassan formerly of the APC Central Mission, and Solomon Kwaghtser, formerly of APC Makurdi South said the decision to join the PDP was to team up with the Governor who they noted had done well in tackling the security challenges confronting the state.
They also thanked the Party for accepting them into their fold, and promised that they will be up and doing.