Defections: Okowa encourages other APC govs, lawmakers to join PDP
ASABA—AS the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, struggles with the wave of defectionS, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, yesterday, encouraged other governors and lawmakers to consider joining the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, noting that the party was set on a mission to rescue Nigeria from the misrule of APC. Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, welcomed the defection of Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom and APC lawmakers to the PDP, saying that their action was an indication that the PDP was prepared to rescue Nigeria from the present state of affairs. Okowa congratulated the National Chairman and leadership of the PDP for the proactive steps taken so far in repositioning the party, adding: “I congratulate members and leaders of the PDP on the defections and abandonment of the APC by the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom and the members of the National Assembly. “The defections have clearly shown to the entire world that the APC lacks the capacity to manage a political party and indeed a government and this explains why the people now look up to the PDP to rescue the country and return it to the path of good governance for our people. “I commend the defectors for the courage they have exhibited in abandoning the sinking ship. The defections signify a vote of no confidence in the APC-led government. The 2019 election will be a referendum of how the APC shattered the expectations of Nigerians. “The decision of a significant number of members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives to leave the APC and join the PDP clearly indicates that there is hope that the country will be rescued from the misrule of the APC government.” The governor congratulated the PDP for positioning itself as a suitable alternative for the defectors, emphasising that the choice of the PDP as a preferred destination for them was an affirmation of the kind of leadership the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has provided since assuming office.