From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Over 2000 All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Okpokwu local government area of Benue State yesterday defected to the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Amongst those who decamped include, a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Youth Mobilization, Anthony Adah, also known as Tony Trigger, Robert Obetta, a onetime Chief of Staff to Okpokwu local government chairman, Barr. Chris Iduh, erstwhile Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Matters, Michael Adah, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Hon. Helen Odeh, as well as all APC ward chairmen in the area.
Handing over the decampees to the State Chairman of PDP, John Ngbede, former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, took a swipe at the APC led government, lamenting that it has failed woefully in providing the desired change.
He said the Benue people are hurting and suffering because of the abysmal failure of the APC government, adding that they are subjecting the people to oppression.
“Certain persons who left the party to comfort zone, I classify them as food is ready politicians. Today, we are witnessing people who entered politics not by accident but by conviction that they can render service to the welfare of their people. They are leaving the comfort zone and coming back to where the people are suffering. They lament that the change they asked for is not forthcoming.
“The Ortom administration has failed in the area of infrastructural development, economy, payment of salary of civil servants and pensioners, borrowing money, poverty alleviation, propaganda of falsehood as well as social and youth development.
“They have even characterized us as animals. These animals are asking, how much is our wage bill? How much have they realized from ghost workers?
How much have they collected from federation allocation? How was the bailout and Paris Club Refund expended? And how much is generated as Internally Generated Revenue?”, Moro questioned.
He also accused the APC government of intimidation and harassment, saying it has led to the death of three prominent PDP members recently in the area and urged security operatives to apprehend the perpetrators of the act.
The erstwhile Minister lampooned Governor Ortom for declaring for a second term in office, maintaining that the same God who gave him the mandate to govern the State will forsake him in 2019, averring that the PDP will provide alternative platform to good governance in the state.
“We are ready to deliver Benue people from the shackles of APC government.
We will stand in the gap between our suffering people and governance”, he concluded.
Reacting to the allegation raised by Moro, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, described them as mischievous, insisting that his boss has performed well and as such is receiving endorsement from different sections of the State to run for a second term in office.