As 60 support groups join party
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
A coalition of 60 support groups from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday dumped the ruling party and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The groups, which stormed the PDP’s National Secretariat in Abuja at about 2pm, yesterday, were received by members of the National Working Committee of the party led by the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
While welcoming the decampees, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who was represented by the National Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Tsauri, tasked the groups to agree and resolve to work together and ensure victory for PDP.
He said, “We all know what we are feeling in Nigeria. People are talking of what they are going to eat, nobody is doing any invention.
“PDP made mistakes; and it was our mistake that brought Nigeria to the level it is now. Today, this PDP is repositioned, rebranded and it is going to win.
“Internal democracy has been built into the system of the party. Impunity has been taken away from the party and imposition has been given a red card. You are the people that brought APC on board and you are going to shun APC and bring PDP onboard.
“Take it or leave it, PDP is good in governance but APC was a merger and cannot be good in governance. We are good in governance, take us back to governance, they are good in opposition, take them back to opposition,” Tsauri challenged the coalition.
He told them that they will never regret joining the PDP and assured them of the party’s strong support and commitment.
In their address, the National Organising Secretary of Coalition of APC Support Groups, Mallam Dattyo Miya said that the coalition was behind APC’s victory in 2015 as they moved into every ward mobilizing voters for the party and ensured that the votes were protected.
Miya said that they took a collective decision to abandon the APC, because it turned out to be a party of propaganda and impunity. He said that the party is primarily ran on a pedestal of self interest adding that every attempt made to bring the party on track fell like a pack of cards.