By Chijindu Emeruwa
The All Progressive Congress, APC, in Abia State, has reacted to the claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that over three thousand of its members defected to the ruling party in the State.
APC dismissed the claim and challenged the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to mention names of its leaders nor the members that cross carperted into the party, PDP.
The Party berated the State Chairman of PDP, Hon. Allwell Asiforo Okere and accused him of being economical with the truth when his defection claims of APC members joining PDP was inexistent.
The Abia APC spoke in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Benedict Godson and made available to newsmen in Umuahia, on Monday.
According to the main opposition party in Abia, What Hon. Asiforo Okere said to his members in Umuahia was just an internal damage control that should not have been made open, because, it’s laughable and tantamount to self deceit, that a party that is shrinking and getting dismembered day by day is fabricating stories to comfort those who know better.
Akelicious reports that more than 3, 000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chairman of the PDP in Abia, Rt Hon Asiforo Okere disclosed this in his address at stakeholders meeting in Umuahia.
The PDP chairman while giving an account of the recent tour of Abia LGAs embarked upon by the party leadership in the state, said the party rebuilt the confidence of its members and strengthened their tiers of unity.
According to Asiforo Okere, “the hallmark of that was our harvest of not less than 2,000 opposition members particularly of APC and APGA across the state. In addition, new members numbering over 3,000 came up at different LGAs across the state and declared openly for the party”.
But, Abia APC Leadership, in the statement which partly read, “The narration and report of stewardship given by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Hon. Asiforo Okere to the remaining unsettled members and leaders of their party that 3,000 members from the Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have decamped to the PDP is tantamount to TALES BY MOONLIGHT. Those who know much about Tales By Moonlight will not blame Hon. Asiforo Okere for adopting same dramatic and theatrical method to indirectly persuade and plead with the minds of the remaining uncomfortable members of the sinking PDP not to dump them.
“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.
“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, Hon Emeka Atuma, immediate past National Organizing Secretary of Social Democratic Party, SDP, moved into APC with his followers. Hon. Sam Onuigbo, serving member federal House of Representatives for ikwuano/Umuahia constituency moved into APC, it was not an amusing tale. Even the PDP felt the pain to the extent that they even protested against it.
“What about Chief Henry Ikoh, Obinna Oriaku, former Commissioners in PDP government. Hon. Ugochukwu Allen and too many of important Abia Politicians. How can someone wake up, cook up a badly written kindergarten defection story and begin to sell it to the amusement of those who should know better? They know that National Assembly members and many State Assembly members from their party are gearing towards joining the APC”.